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Join us at Alice Springs Desert Park and immerse yourself in performances by an eclectic range of talented Australian musicians. All this on one of the most unique stages in the world, set in front of the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges.

Please note, due to the intimate nature of some program elements at Desert Park, such as the music performances, workshops and talks, they have limited capacity. Spots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis on the night.

Monday 12 April | 6.45pm – 7:30pm

MusicNT’s Divas
Venue: Ranges Stage, Desert Park

MusicNT’s Divas stage showcases emerging female artists from Darwin and Alice Springs.  The five artists performing in this show have all participated in MusicNT’s Divas development programs and can’t wait to share their songs at Parrtjima 2021.  Performers include Patsy Coleman, Lena Kellie, Cherice Maidment and Shana Ray.

Tuesday 13 April | 6.45pm – 7:30pm

Venue: Ranges Stage, Desert Park

Jimblah is a producer, MC and vocalist from the Larrakia nation in Top End of the Northern Territory.  With two solo albums under his belt, one nominated for the prestigious Australian Music Prize award, his music challenges listeners to consider their privilege and responsibility. Taking time out and finding sanctuary in producing music, Jimblah has returned to solo projects with more conviction than ever, as witnessed by the release of his heartfelt and soulful 2020 single, About These Demons.

Wednesday 14 April
| 6.45pm – 7:30pm

Bow and Arrow
Venue: Ranges Stage, Desert Park

Formed by one-time Sydney Conservatorium of Music students, Mindy and Mitchell Kwanten, and later joined by Jack Hickey, Bow and Arrow is a contemporary First Nations electro-soul trio (Wiradjuri and Gamilaraay). You can expect a big vibe with a mix of modern day and traditional instruments, monster vocals, jungle rhythms with electro beats, funky guitars, weird gadgets, live sampling, looping and a whole lot of heart!

Thursday 15 April | 6.45pm – 7:30pm

Venue: Ranges Stage, Desert Park

DOBBY is a rapper, drummer and music composer. He proudly identifies as a Filipino and Aboriginal musician, whose family is from Brewarrina on Ngemba land, and is a member of the Murrawarri Republic in Weilmoringle, New South Wales. He has performed extensively internationally including Germany, UK, USA and the Netherlands.  DOBBY is a lecturer and tutor of Indigenous Studies at the University of New South Wales and a multi-instrumentalist whose original work features as the soundscape for this year’s Festival installations.

Friday 16 April | 6.45pm – 7:30pm

Venue: Ranges Stage, Desert Park

OKA draws upon their connection to culture and the spirit of the land to create a high-energy mashup of dance and downtempo beats and their signature feel-good Australian earth sound. It’s an irresistible blend of influences spanning house, big beat, conscious roots, reggae-dub, jazz and world music with electro digital dub.  Expect to be taken on a journey where time is not linear.  It’s music for the soul and the soles of your feet.

Saturday 17 April | 6.45pm – 7:30pm

Ziggy Ramo
Venue: Ranges Stage, Desert Park

Sydney-based Ziggy Ramo has risen from emerging to established with his insightful, emotional and arresting debut EP Black Thoughts, quickly followed by the powerful single, Black Face.  Winner of FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards’ 2020 Album of the Year for Black Thoughts and Single of the Year for April 25, the 24-year-old is only just getting warmed up. He’s about to change the face of what it means to be a hip hop artist in Australia right now.

Sunday 18 April | 6.45pm – 7:30pm

Shellie Morris
Venue: Ranges Stage, Desert Park

Proud Yanyuwa and Wardaman woman Shellie Morris is a multi-award-winning singer/songwriter creating and singing in 17 Australian Aboriginal languages.  Shellie is the 2014 NT Australian of the Year, the 2014 NAIDOC National Artist of the Year, a multi Deadly Award winner and a driving force of the acclaimed album Ngambala Wiji li-Wunungu. Her work has also been recognised for the internationally award-winning musical documentary Prison Songs.

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

  • DJ Jimblah

    Parrtjima 2021 Tuesday Night Performer: Jimblah. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • 2021 Parrtjima Thursday Night Performer: DOBBY. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Parrtjima 2021 Friday Night Performer: OKA. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

  • Parrtjima 2021 Saturday 10 April Performer: Casey Donovan. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC