Wide Open Space acknowledges and pays respects the Arrernte people – Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land we festival on.. Particular respect goes to Damien Ryder, who is the custodian for the Ross RIver Resort site.
For three days, Wide Open Space becomes part of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. People, lights and music are temporarily stitched into a patchwork of rocks, River Redgums and sand. The land has seen many transformations; 700 million years ago the geology was laid down, and 400 million years ago it went through upheaval to form the Ranges…it’s been waiting for you ever since.
Wide Open Space promises to feed your mind, tickle your artistic fancy and get your booty shaking. The festival explores the mental, emotional, social, cultural and environmental landscapes of the desert. It is a chance to connect with like minded individuals and celebrate the beauty of this incredible landscape while having one helluva hoedown.
2020 will be 11th WOS. The festival is made possible by a dedicated crew of magnificent misfits and is the only event of its kind in Central Australia. For many, it provides the opportunity to experience the heart of our country for the very first time. For the people of the NT, it’s the best godayum party of the year.
In addition to the fine music & arts program, WOS also offers a tasty selection of Workshops, a small-person district known as Kids Space and a well-stocked Market Place with food, crafts and other special delights.
At Wide Open Space we work to create a safe and fun space where you can truly feel free to experience the best that life has to offer. For us to do this safely and for the benefit of all, we do need to introduce some rules that need to be followed. Wide Open Space Festival Management reserve the right to refuse entry and also to remove people from the event should these issues come up.
Our “Good People Policy”
Is what a gathering like this thrives on. Quite simply it goes like this: DON’T BE A DICKHEAD. Jumping the fence, theft, agression or abuse of any kind and any general douchebaggery will not be tolerated and you’ll be asked to leave with no ticket refund. Just don’t…..it’s embarrasing for everyone. Just be “good people” and everyone will be good people back to you. Simple right? We treat harassment and creepiness seriously, please report any wrong behaviour to the info desk, security or anyone else with a two-way radio.