Light Installations


Lighting The MacDonnell Ranges

‘The Language of Country’ (Ankgentye Apmere-kenhe)


Come and be treated to a theatrical experience unlike any other in 2019, with the light show on the majestic MacDonnell Ranges setting the benchmark for future festivals. Two kilometers of the Ranges will be a canvas for a series of stunning lighting effects, celebrating the beauty, uniqueness and survival of this ancient landscape, while the voice of actor Aaron Pedersen, an Arrernte descendant, narrates a script written by Arrernte people, taking the audience on a stirring journey through Country, the kinship system and language.


Interact with the lights

‘The Language of Colour’ (Angkentye Intelentye-kenhe)


Interact with the lights by selecting colours from a virtual palette and using your fingers to colour in the scenery in real time. Witness the landscape being coloured by your imagination via the magic of projection.

Parrtjima festival, Desert Park, Alice springs, Australia. 27/9/2018. Photo Credit James Horan Photos Courtesy Parrtjima Australia


'Living Sands' (Ahelhe Itethe)


A Festival favourite, Ahelhe Itethe – Living Sands (Grounded) returns in 2019, captivating you with a new selection of vibrant, animated artworks showcased on desert sands. The sequence of works will create a giant, seamless canvas on Country, accompanied by an atmospheric soundscape. You can enter the projection space for an immersive experience and become part of the art. This year, seven local and Central Australian First Nations artists have contributed works to the installation. The specialised projection equipment for Grounded is provided by the Aboriginal-owned Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA).

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(Angkentye Anpernirrentye-kerte)


Angkentye Anpernirrentye-kerte – The Language of Kin is an impressive, illuminated tunnel that honours local Arrernte people by celebrating their kinship system and welcomes visitors to this year’s Festival space. The installation explores the complex system of kinship and features accompanying audio soundscapes for a surreal experience. Take a seat, listen and learn before walking through the Language of Kin.


The Language of Stockman

(Angkentye Stockmen Mape-kenhe)


Angkentye Stockmen Mape-kenhe – The Language of Stockmen is a series of over-sized sculptures replicating original artwork by local artists Johnny Young and David Wallace with collaborations from young artists from Tapatjatjaka Arts Centre.

It tells the lesser-known social history of First Nations station workers and their language of the land. First Nations people’s involvement in the pastoral history of Central Australia was much more than mustering stock. The language they used told of the harsh terrain and was critical in teaching other Stockmen about how to survive on Country.

The installation has been handcrafted by artists of Tapatjatjaka Arts Centre; Frances Wallace, Jonathon McCormack, Zaccariah Campbell, Sid Jako, Michael Seven and Holden Haines, under the guidance of David Wallace as the senior artist. Each frame, manufactured by Plazart Creative Metalworks in Alice Springs, has been lovingly wrapped and adorned from scrapyard jewels to create the oversized sculptures, based on miniature cowboy ‘bush toys’.

This is a true community engagement project that allowed the younger men to get involved and learn from a senior artist.



The Language of Change

(Angkentye Arrpenhe)


Angkentye Arrpenhe – The Language of Change: Three ‘Bush Taxis’, or buses, will feature the works of First Nations artists Mervyn Rubuntja from Iltja Ntjarra/Many Hands Art Centre, Rene Kulitja from Maruku Arts and local Arrernte artist Phillip McCormack.

The artworks depict notions of change that occurred throughout the 21st Century for First Nations communities from across the region. For thousands of years, Australia’s First Nations people have travelled with the seasons, following their songlines to take part in important events and gatherings.

Today these songline journeys continue, but people use different modes of transport to travel across borders.

Angkentye Arrpenhe – The Language of Change has been created in collaboration with local mural artists Mark Twohig, Brushcraft Signs and Tom Fry, utilising and sharing their skills in large scale work whilst under the artistic guidance of the artists.



The Language of Children

(Angkentye Ampe-kenhe)


An oversized maze encouraging connectedness and conversation forms the installation Angkentye Ampe-kenhe – The Language of Children.

The interactive maze, artwork by Valerie Napurrurla Morris of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, recognises the way children communicate during play as a great connector, leading to belonging, being and becoming.The young and young at heart will love this installation, which gives kids the opportunity to express themselves and, most of all, have fun!



The Language of Moths

(Angkentye Akngarte-iwelheme-akerte)


Arrernte people asked Parrtjima to work with independent artists to create this new installation following the popularity of a 2018 installation that celebrated Caterpillars and their importance to the landscape and creation time of Australia’s Red Centre and beyond. At the request of Arrernte advisers’, a series of sculptured large-scale moths will decorate Todd Mall, among incredible lighting effects, providing another layer to the story of Country and the Arrernte relationship to the physical and spiritual world.The moths were designed at a workshop with The Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.


Lighting Todd Mall

Lighting Todd Mall

(Todd Mall Alharrketyeke)


As well as installations and the Knowledge Program, Parrtjima will continue to shine lighting effects along the pavement of Todd Mall, incorporating Arrernte words to educate and inspire.

At the request of the Arrernte people and to complement the Caterpillars and Moths, the lighting effects will honour another ancestral being for Mparntwe – the Stink Bug.