Drag festival fabALICE returns to Alice Springs

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The fabALICE festival has returned to Alice Springs over the weekend bringing some optimism to region’s tourism sector which is struggling with a barrage of negative press following a spike in crime-related issues.

Around 2000 people attended the four-day festival which was back in Alice Springs for the fourth time.

Organiser Kaye Pedersen said the festival would celebrate “what’s great about Alice”.

“It focuses on our fantastic community, instead of always focusing on doom and gloom,” she told the ABC. “We can bond over something more positive.”

Hundreds of attendees gathered for one of the festival’s flagship events, the Gala Under the Stars at the Old Quarry.

Arrernte drag artist Stone Motherless Cold said Alice Springs was one of Australia’s “queer capitals”.

“It allows the community to come together in ways that allow self-expression,” she said.