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NRL star Josh Addo-Carr is on the line-up at tonight’s Parrtjima – A Festival in Light in Alice Springs, and is eager to meet some of the region’s rising rugby league stars tomorrow. While at Parrtjima, the Melbourne Storm player will also film some footage with Fox Sports, to promote the NRL’s indigenous round.

Parrtjima is a 10-night light festival in the heart of the country celebrating Aboriginal culture through some of the newest technology around. It includes large-scale light and art installations, music, talks, workshops and film.

Addo-Carr has joined the Parrtjima talks program to discuss his life and premiership-winning career with festival curator Rhoda Roberts. He will also take part in an NRLNT clinic tomorrow, where he will put some young local players through their paces.

“I feel incredibly lucky to be involved with Parrtjima,” Addo-Carr said. “This is such an opportunity to not only experience the spiritual Red Centre, but also connect with the local community through sport.

“I know how important sport is in small communities, and am looking forward to testing the skills of the up-and-coming Alice rugby league stars! I feel very honoured to be here on Arrernte country.”

Parrtjima is delivered by the Northern Territory Government through NT Major Events Company (NTMEC) and produced by Creative Directors AGB Events. NTMEC CEO Tim Watsford said inviting Addo-Carr to join Parrtjima was inspired by this year’s theme.

“The theme is Future Kultcha, and the addition of Josh to the program has helped connect a whole new demographic to the festival,” he said.

Addo-Carr’s talk will take place this evening at 8.30pm (ACST) at Alice Springs Desert Park. The NRLNT clinic will take place on the Church Lawns in Todd Mall from 10-11am. Everyone is welcome.

Parrtjima runs from 9-18 April 2021. Other highlights on the program this week include OKA, Shellie Morris and Ziggy Ramo on stage, and workshops covering everything from skateboard painting and metal sculpture to singing in language and cooking with bushfoods. Parrtjima is free to attend, but you must register to attend.