Parrtjima is a free 10-night festival In Light
3 – 12 April 2020.
Please note the Lighting of the MacDonnell Ranges show is best viewed from 7pm at the earliest due to the levels of daylight.
Alice Springs Desert Park and Todd Mall - Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
WHAT IS PARRTJIMA
Parrtjima is the only authentic First Nations festival of its kind, showcasing the oldest continuous cultures on earth through the newest technology – all on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas in the Red Centre. Parrtjima celebrates the ways in which artists can evolve and experiment with different styles and materials, while staying true to the ancient philosophy of connection and Country.
Set against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges, Parrtjima is held on Mparntwe (Alice Springs), which always was and always will be part of the Arrernte people. Mparntwe is connected to the estates of Antulye and Irlpme, as well as a network of custodians who hold rights and responsibilities for these areas. A group of which guide and help create Parrtjima. Together they invite visitors to come and experience Parrtjima, and gain a deeper understanding of, and connection to, country and Arrernte culture.
Held across two event precincts over 10 nights, the free event includes incredible artwork and light installations alongside a 10-night public program of interactive workshops, music, films and talks.
Alongside Arrernte art and artists, the festival also features work from across the Central Desert region and associated other parts of the Northern Territory.
Each year at Parrtjima the desert comes alive with new artworks, light shows and a range of performances, workshops and talks carefully developed in collaboration with the Reference group and First Nation artists and art centres.