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In what has become an annual collective of voices from around the nation, Parrtjima Curator Rhoda Roberts AO introduces an incredible line-up of contemporary speakers and topics in a series of captivating, thought-provoking and entertaining conversations at Alice Springs Desert Park.

All talks will be held in the Parrtjima Hub at Madigans Function Room and participation is free.

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.

Friday 16 April | 8.30pm – 9.15pm

Theatre Making Luritja Way

  • Rachael Maza, ILBIJERRI Artistic Director, Big Name, No Blankets Co-Director
  • Anyupa (Emily) Napangarti Butcher, Theatre Creative, Freelance Journalist, Big Name, No Blankets Co-Director and Co-Writer
  • Sammy Butcher, founder of Warumpi Band, and renowned singer and songwriter

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

A focus on theatre making and the Luritja story – the story of the Warumpi Band. Join the co-directors of Big Name, No Blankets theatre production, Rachael Maza and Anyupa (Emily) Napangarti Butcher, to discuss their inspiring work with the ILBIJERRIE Theatre Company. Together with Sammy Butcher, founder of the legendary Warumpi Band, you’ll also hear first-hand accounts about extraordinary Aussie rock ‘n’ roll band.

Saturday 17 April | 8.30pm – 9.15pm

Reconnecting with Family Song

Dr Shellie Morris, Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter and 2014 Northern Territory Australian of the Year

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Dr Shellie Morris shares her incredible story growing up in the Sutherland Shire, New South Wales, and how a chance encounter led her to finding her family. Reconnecting again with her Wardaman and Yanyuwa family has driven Shellie’s passion behind reactivating Aboriginal song and languages, a healing tool for generations across the nation. This is a truly moving Australian story.


Sunday 18 April | 8.30pm – 9.15pm

The New Revolutionary

Ziggy Ramo: Musician

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Whether through music or public speaking, singer-songwriter Ziggy Ramo Burrmuruk Fatnowna, who grew up in remote Arnhem Land, addresses the silenced injustices that echo across the nation from Gapuwiyak to Sydney. With the re-release of his acclaimed debut album Black Thoughts in 2020, his reflections are timely, insightful and confronting.

  • Bruce Pascoe, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC

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

  • Bruce Pascoe, Parrtjima festival, Alice Springs, Australia. 7/4/2019. Images courtesy Parrtjima / NTMEC