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FRIDAY JUNE 24 2016 NEWS 09 V1 - CAVE01Z01MA THE 20th annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival will open tonight and celebrate the Spirit of the Land with more than 6000 handcrafted beanies on display and for sale. As the temperature in the Red Centre has dropped (along with the hail stones) and a chill has taken hold in the air, the beanies have begun to migrate to inland Australia. Spirit of the Land is the theme for this years Alice Springs Beanie Festival and accompanying book, with both to be launched today to celebrate the major anniversary milestone. In the lead-up to beanie season 2016, the Beanie Festival has held a record number of workshops in Aboriginal communities including Ernabella, Haasts Bluff, Titjikala, Santa Teresa, Kante Camp, Yuendumu, Fregon and Larapinta Primary School. Jo Nixon, festival director and chief beanieologist, said Spirit of the Land, awarded for a beanie that celebrates the ranges, the bush, the sea and the desert, had proven a popular competition category over the years. The enthusiasm and the quality of the work from our local communities add an amazing dimension to the festival each year, Ms Nixon said. The artists are excited about sharing their culture with the visitors and residents of Alice Springs. While in Alice, some of the artists will demonstrate what is probably the most ancient spinning technique still used in the world the Pitjantjatjara spindle. The textiles produced by the Aboriginal felt makers sometimes reference ancient symbols and stories, yet the work has a gorgeous clean and contemporary feel, Ms Nixon said. These projects generate much-needed income for people in remote communities. The Alice Springs Beanie Festival attracts thousands of visitors each year across the weekend. The festivities begin today at midday with the opening of Beanie Central, where the beanies will be on sale, followed by the Big Beanie Party at 6pm in the Araluen Arts Centre grounds, with food, live entertainment and the announcement of the National Beanie Competition winners. Its hard to imagine the exhibition until you see it for yourself, Ms Nixon said. The festival continues over the weekend with a range of activities. Spirit of beanies is alive and well Jim Robertson The artists are excited about sharing their culture D I R E C T O R J O N I X O N Director of the Araluen Cultural Precinct in Alice Springs, Mark Crees, is promoting this weekends widely acclaimed Beanie Festival. Picture: REX NICHOLSON Indecently exposed self to kids A 38-year-old man indecently exposed himself to five children early Sunday morning. Members of the Child Abuse Taskforce allege the man committed the offence to five children aged 2, 5, 6, 10 and 11 years old. He was charged with indecent dealings with child under 10 years, indecent dealings with child under 16 years and engaging in conduct that contravenes a domestic violence order in Alice Springs. He was located 10 minutes after fleeing the residence by Police and arrested. He was remanded in custody to appear in the Alice Springs Local Court on Tuesday. Crime-free holiday is police goal PROPERTY offending will be targeted by Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Police this school holiday period. Centralians have been urged to be extra vigilant and work with police to ensure a safe, crime-free break. Acting Assistant Commissioner Danny Bacon urged residents to secure belongings, hide keys and ask neighbours to keep an eye on your property to help stamp out crime. Dont advertise your absence through social media otherwise youll make your home an open target, he said. If you do see something thats suspicious, make sure you call it in to 131 444. We respond as quickly as possible to incidents, so the faster you pick up the phone the sooner well be able to act. Remember, a Facebook post is not a Police report. Commissioner Bacon also urged motorists to be careful on the roads and for children to stay out of flooded waterways. Lets not add any more tragedies to our road toll, he said. If you see anything suspicious, please call Police immediately on 131 444 or contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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