Spaces on Country

The third annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light event takes place in Alice Springs (Mparntwe) from Friday September 28 to Sunday October 7, 2018.

Parrtjima (pronounced par-chee-ma) is the only light festival of its kind and showcases some of the oldest continuous cultures on earth through the newest technology. In 2018, it includes a two-kilometre light show on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas, which has been cared for by Arrernte people since ancient times.

THE PRECINCTS

For the first time in 2018 Parrtjima features two different precincts. Since 2016 Alice Springs Desert Park has been home to the festival and for the first time in 2018 the Todd Mall in Alice Springs CBD will also feature artworks and illumination.

From Sunset to Sunrise

Location: Parrtjima Festival Precinct, Alice Springs Desert Park

A key feature of the Parrtjima festival is the spectacular lighting of the MacDonnell Ranges. In 2018 the theme of this display, which stretches 2km of the landscape, is “from sunset to sunrise”.

Become part of the art and immerse yourself in the projection space.

Location: Parrtjima Festival Precinct, Alice Springs Desert Park

Returning to Parrtjima in 2018 using powerful digital technology, Grounded is an installation which projects light from above out onto the desert sands of the outback and immerses a visitor in the art and stories of the artists and country.

Location: Parrtjima Festival Precinct, Alice Springs Desert Park

Gathering space is an installation which tells the stories of Central Australian artists through light, multimedia and repurposed materials.

The collaboration of several contemporary artists, the bold work depicts spirit and freedom of place, landscape and flora and fauna.

Location: Parrtjima Festival Precinct, Alice Springs Desert Park

Featuring a series of bold, large-scale sculptures which visitors can explore and weave their way through, the Forest Space installation honors the importance of the trees which grow in clusters across the desert.

The sculptures share knowledge of seasonal changes in the environment and the ecology of plants and trees, which provided more than shelter for the first nation's people.

Location: Parrtjima Festival Precinct, Alice Springs Desert Park

The Children's Space is an interactive playground space for the young and young at heart, using the vibrant artwork of Keringke Arts.

This space is designed for your kids to express themselves and most of all, have a lot of fun!

Location: Parrtjima Festival Precinct, Alice Springs Desert Park

The Gateway nature space takes visitors through a breathtaking tunnel of light and sculpture which captures the sense of movement and freedom in the bush and how alive it is in the desert.

The tunnel features a series of bird shaped sculptures inspired by Myra Patrick Hubert’s work Budgerigar Dreaming-Ngatijirri Jukurrpa.

Interactive Booth

Location: Parrtjima Festival Precinct, Alice Springs Desert Park

Step into the interactive booth, select a series of colours and see your own designs come to life as they light the bush lands and surrounding trees. Over 500 individually controlled LEDs respond instantly to every move you make.

Locations:
Parrtjima Festival Precinct, Alice Springs Desert Park
Parrtjima Festival Precinct, Todd Mall

The Parrtjima Knowledge Program for 2018 includes 10 nights of film, musical performance and conversations with artists and performers from all over Central Australia.