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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.

Sunday11 April | 8.30pm – 9.15pm

Sport: The Inherited Legacy

Josh Addo-Carr:  Professional Rugby League Player

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

From the Gunggandji, Birrbay & Wiradjuri peoples of New South Wales, Josh joins Parrtjima Curator Rhoda Roberts to delve into his sporting career. He will discuss the expectations and challenges he has faced, and continues to face after signing a four-year deal that will see him move to the Canterbury Bulldogs from 2022.

Monday 12 April | 8.30pm – 9.15pm

General Health Matters

  • Donna Ah Chee:  CEO, Healthcare Administrator
  • Dr Jessica Johannsen:  General Practitioner

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

An accomplished pair, Bundjalung woman Donna Ah Chee and her daughter, Arrente/Yankunytjatjara/Wangkangurru /Bundjalung woman Jessica Johannsen, will chat about life, education, the intergenerational connection, and the important work they are both doing in the Aboriginal health sector.

Tuesday 13 April | 8.30pm – 9.15pm

Getting the App

Margaret Kemarre Turner OAM:  Elder, Teacher, Artist, Author

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

The great ‘Bush Professor’, Arrernte woman Margaret Kemarre (MK) Turner, believes language is one of the pillars of culture.  Learn about the importance of preserving language and culture in the 21st century and its role in connecting young people to ceremony song and story. Margaret’s innovative work as an interpreter is most recently reflected in the release of an app designed to help visitors to see and read Arrernte country through technology.

Wednesday 14 April | 8.30pm – 9.15pm

Modern Music to Corroboree

Mindy Kwanten, Mitchell Kwanten and Jack Hickey:  Musicians

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Meet Mindy and Mitchell Kwanten and Jack Hickey, from the band Bow and Arrow, a First Nations electro-soul trio. Hailing from the lands of the Gamilaraay and Wiradjuri, their unique talents have seen them tour nationally with the musical Sapphires, and hold court as resident band at the Sydney Opera House.  This talented group of multi-instrumentalists chat about their careers, country and kultcha.

Thursday 15 April | 8.30pm – 9.15pm

Black Belt & Beyond

Chrissie Davis:  Karate Expert

Venue: Parrtjima Hub, Desert Park

Chrissie Davis from the llpere llere town camp in Alice Springs has already achieved martial art’s highest rank – a black belt in Shotokan Karate.  Together with her father Stephen and coach Detective Sergeant Michael Schumacher, the 19-year-old discusses her remarkable achievement and possible future in policing.

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