Program

Film

Enjoy thought provoking popular Aboriginal films, shown nightly at the Desert Park Cinema.
You can also listen to filmmakers talk about their films and the important roles they play in Aboriginal Australian cinema as part of Parrtjima’s talks program, Deep Listening.

Music

Sit back and listen to national and local musicians and bands held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights over both weekends of the festival.
Held on a purpose-built stage on the lawns in the centre of Todd Mall, there’ll also be live music on nightly at Apmere (home) in Desert Park.

Talks

It’s time for Deep Listening as the Festival’s First Nations Adviser, Rhoda Roberts, introduces an incredible line-up of contemporary speakers and topics in a series of thought-provoking and entertaining conversations in the Desert Park Cinema. 

Entertainment

Todd Mall will host 10 evenings with a variety of national and local music, with the first Sunday night of Parrtjima Festival being dedicated to an evening of Cabaret.

Over in Desert Park, gather with friends and family at Apmere (home) and marvel at the spectacular Ranges Show and illuminated sculptures.
Grab a bite to eat and quench your thirst while listening to live music.

Workshops

A series of hands-on workshops and demonstrations, including all things from weaving, spear making and painting will be held from 6-7 April.

Arleye (Emu) – Children’s Play Area

A fun, colourful and interactive game of discovery for children (and adults) of all ages.

Illuminated round discs form the shape of a giant Emu footprint, which is eight metres in diameter. As children jump from one disc to another they activate different colours, and via an accompanying light-box the installation imparts scientific knowledge about the traditional uses of the emu for food and medicinal practices.

  • Mojo Juju, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Frank Yamma, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 6/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Language of Children, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 5/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Frank Yamma, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 6/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Parrtjima festival, Desert Park, Alice springs, Australia. 28/9/2018. Photo Credit James Horan Photos Courtesy Parrtjima Australia