Northern Territory

Parrtjima to shine on in 2018

Alice Springs is set to light up again in 2018 in celebration of Central Australian Aboriginal art and culture for the third annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light instalment.

Parrtjima will be held over 10-days from Friday, 28 September to Sunday, 7 October 2018.

“The Territory Government continues to invest in the arts and tourism industry of Central Australia and is driving tourism and developing stronger and more vibrant communities through investment in world class events and festivals,” Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said.

“This truly unique festival showcased Alice Springs nationally and transformed Alice Springs Desert Park into a mesmerising outdoor gallery of light and sound with breathtaking illumination of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges.”

The announcement follows the success of Parrtjima 2017 with almost 14,000* visitors attending the free festival, curated by renowned First Nations creative director, Rhoda Roberts AO in collaboration Aboriginal artists and art centres from across the desert region.

Building on the success of the inaugural festival, Parrtjima 2017 featured three new creative installations and the return of the Grounded installation presented in 2016.

The festival involved five Aboriginal art centres, showcased the work of 20 Aboriginal artists, delivered an expanded cultural program and launched a three-year agreement with Aboriginal-owned Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) to deliver audio-visual services at Parrtjima under the guidance of event organisers.

Northern Territory Major Events Company General Manager Andrew Hopper said festival organisers are thrilled with the support received from the Alice Springs community, Central Australian tourism providers, and more than 40 volunteers who made an incredible contribution.

“We extend our sincere thanks to the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group and wider network of respected Arrernte people who provided significant support, guidance and knowledge to make this magnificent event possible,” Mr Hopper said.

“We will continue to listen and learn as we seek to provide meaningful artistic opportunities to Central Australian artists and educational opportunities to local students to ensure the continuation of Arrernte culture.”

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2018 will coincide with school holidays nationally. Registration is FREE.

Image: A Festival in Light 2017, including the light treatment on the MacDonnell Ranges, the series of installations and visitors enjoying the festival hub. Credit to James Horan Photography.

Source: NT Government