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Organisers are developing an event COVID-19 Safety Plan with the NT Government Department of Health, following best practice when it comes to COVID-19 precautions.

We will continue to monitor the situation, and put in place any additional health and safety measures as required.

As with any event or outing, if you feel unwell on the day, please stay at home. While at Parrtjima, please respect physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

You can help stop the spread by:

  • Staying at home if you feel unwell
  • Contacting your GP if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue
  • Staying 1.5m away from people not in your group
  • Downloading the COVIDSafe appp

As with anything planned in these uncertain times, it is impossible to say this event will not be further affected by COVID-19, however we are throwing everything we have at Parrtjima to make it happen in September.

If any further changes are required due to COVID-19-related issues beyond our control, we will let you know as soon as possible.

The event is open to interstaters, but you should check coronavirus.nt.gov.aufor the latest COVID-19 border information and travel guidelines. Anyone from a location classed as a declared coronavirus hot spot should not be travelling. Hot spots are identified by State or Territory Governments, or by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, and listed on www.coronavirus.nt.gov.au. If someone from a designated hot spot does travel, they will be required to undertake mandatory self-quarantine in the NT for 14 days on arrival. Arrivals will also be required to declare if they have been in, or travelled through, a declared hot spot within the last 28 days.


This year, to help keep our community safe, all attendees will be required to pre-register for Parrtjima. Tickets are completely free of charge, and will guarantee you entry to the Desert Park and Todd Mall precincts. Nightly capacities are limited this year to ensure there is plenty of room to roam and enjoy, so we encourage you to book early to enjoy the show!

All adults will need to provide personal details, and the number of children in their group.

Simply follow this link. You will be emailed a digital copy of your free tickets.

This is to ensure we are managing the number of people onsite at any one time for your comfort and safety.

You will be able to register right up until you arrive at our ticket scanners, as long as there is capacity remaining for the session which you wish to register for.

As Todd Mall has an intimate seated Program, registrations are essential to secure your seat. Each night our team will monitor for any ‘no shows’, and can release seats to those who may choose to drop by the information booth at Todd Mall to put their name on a waiting list for that night.

At Desert Park, there is a small allocation of walk-up registrations permitted each night, however priority is given to pre-registered guests and you may be required to queue for a longer period of time.  To prevent waiting in line and to secure your spot, we recommend registering for your preferred nights ahead of time.

Yes, please bring your ticket either printed or on your phone.

You can register for up to 10 spots for Desert Park, and up to 5 spots for Todd Mall each separate booking.


The Parrtjima Festival Reference Group is supportive of the date change and believes rescheduling is the best way to protect vulnerable members of the community.

Merne was a new addition to the original Parrtjima planned for April. Unfortunately, it is not possible to hold Merne in September, but we hope to bring it back in the future.

If inclement weather occurs at any time during Parrtjima, there may be a need to close the festival until it clears. We will endeavour to alert you about any closure through different channels as soon as possible, and re-open the festival as soon as is safe.

Parrtjima will take place each evening between Friday 11 September to Sunday 20 September 2020. We encourage you to attend as much as you like over the 10 days of the event. Be sure to register to your spot to ensure you don’t miss out!

Parrtjima takes place in the beautiful Mparntwe, also known as Alice Springs – home of the Arrernte people.

The illumination of the MacDonnell Ranges, a breathtaking outdoor gallery of light art installations and an open air F&B area under the stars is located at the Alice Springs Desert Park, Larapinta Drive, Alice Springs, NT.

Todd Mall, located in the heart of town is also transformed during the festival into a hub of entertainment, with a fantastic program of live music, talks, films, workshops and food pop ups.

Parrtjima is a free event! Registrations provide you with a free ticket which is required for entry.

A free Park ‘n’ Ride shuttle bus is one of the easiest ways to travel to and from the festival at Alice Springs Desert Park and Todd Mall, which operates on a loop between the two precincts, stopping at each stop about every 20 minutes.

Parking is available at most of the Park ‘n’ Ride locations throughout Alice Springs , however there is no public parking available at the Alice Springs Desert Park.

You may also choose to walk or ride into the festival if you know your way around town, but be sure to bring a torch!

Absolutely. The free shuttle service can accommodate wheelchairs and there will be accessible flooring provided for movement around the festival site. Requests for accessible parking may also be applied for when registering, however spaces are limited each night.

Taxis are not permitted to drop off or collect inside the Desert Park, except for people with accessibility needs. Taxis must use the dedicated taxi drop off/collection point at the Desert Park.

We suggest that you wear comfortable closed toe shoes for your safety and comfort; bring a jacket in case it is cold and a torch to help guide your way through the site if you are walking or riding.  We also recommend that you bring water and your camera of course – for all those Instagram photos!

Please bring eftpos if you wish to purchase any food, beverages at the festival precincts. And of course, don’t forget to pre-register before you arrive, and bring your free tickets!

You can check out our program here!

Yes, bring the whole family! The Desert Park precinct is nestled amount natural bushland, so we encourage families to ensure that kids are kept under constant supervision. Wristbands for minors will be provided at the Information Booth for parents to write their contact details.

Yes, there will be a delicious range of food pop ups and existing restaurants across at both precincts. Please be sure to bring your card to enable easy, cashless payments.

As the Desert Park precinct is located within a NT National Park, no dogs are allowed. You are more than welcome to bring your furry friend to enjoy the atmosphere at Todd Mall, though they will not be permitted through into the stage area.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light is a smoke-free event. Smoking (including the use of electronic cigarettes or similar devices) is prohibited in accordance with the NTMEC’s smoking management plan.

As the Desert Park precinct is located within a NT National Park, no dogs are allowed. You are more than welcome to bring your furry friend to enjoy the atmosphere at Todd Mall, though they will not be permitted through into the stage area.

Yes, please do! If you’re sharing your images, be sure to tag us using #Parrtjima

To protect the safety of other patrons, no drones are not permitted at Parrtjima – A Festival in Light.

We always have room for more on the Parrtjima team.  If you are interested in enquiry about becoming one festival staff members, please contact major.events@nt.gov.au

Alice Springs is accessible by air, coach, rail and road, with daily flights landing at the Alice Springs airport from every major city. The airport is located a short 10-minute drive from the CBD with taxis, shuttle buses and rental cars through our good friends at Thrifty available to travellers.

To find the best route from your departing destination to Alice Springs, visit Tourism Central Australia.

Alice Springs offers a wide variety of accommodation options from hotels and motels, caravan parks, bed and breakfasts, and apartments and studios.

To find the most suitable accommodation, visit Tourism Central Australia

Within the Town Centre, there are plenty of art galleries, local produce and stores to visit. The famous Todd Street Mall outdoor market operates in the Todd Mall every second Sunday from mid-February to early December featuring local produce, arts, crafts and food from 9am until 1pm.

Alice Springs and its surrounds offers plenty of attractions for every interest including adventure and hiking options, mountain biking, history and museums, arts and galleries and plenty more.



Visit Tourism Central Australia to book accommodation, tours and more.