Northern Territory

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2018 program revealed

The annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light returns to Alice Springs in September 2018 for a third year.

“This is an exciting event for Central Australia; the festival is a wonderful boost for the tourism industry, the local economy and it creates jobs for locals,” NT Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss said.

“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.

“Parrtjima is a festival like no other and an amazing opportunity to visit Alice Springs and experience the talent and creativity of local artists while sharing in the rich and ancient culture of the Arrernte people.

“Created in partnership with local Aboriginal artists and art centres, the event aims to raise the profile of Aboriginal artists from Central Australia by sharing their outstanding work and rich culture with the world.”

The 10-day Festival, from 28 September to 7 October 2018, is a free public event and the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind – proudly showcasing the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology, on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas.

The 2018 Festival will be the largest yet, including six light installations and projections that will immerse visitors in the natural landscape. The MacDonnell Ranges will again be the canvas for a series of stunning lighting effects, designed to reflect the theme of the cyclical patterns of the sun and the moon.

Member for Braitling, Dale Wakefield said in 2018 Parrtjima will also launch a dedicated children’s space, and the event is currently engaging with community stakeholders to expand the event into the Alice Springs CBD.

“It is exciting to see Parrtjima grow and evolve since its inception in 2016, and to be able to offer a new and expanded program to intrastate, interstate and international visitors alike,” Ms Wakefield said.

“Visitors to the free family-friendly event can explore the installations at their leisure and relax at the Festival Hub in the beautiful surrounds of Alice Springs Desert Park from 6:30pm to 10:30pm each night.”

Rhoda Roberts AO, returns to curate the event for a second year with the theme ‘Cultural Freedom’.

“Parrtjima means shedding both light and understanding, but it’s much more. It’s the generosity and spirit of a peoples who have and always will care for country and for the many travellers who visit this timeless land,” said Ms Roberts.

In 2019 Parrtjima will return for a fourth consecutive year, but will move from its original September timing to an earlier schedule in April (5-14 April 2019). This move to April 2019 will position Parrtjima as a signature event in the Alice Springs calendar, increase the potential for interstate and overseas visitation and allow the event to further grow and develop.

The Parrtjima 2018 and 2019 events have been boosted by the Territory Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package to attract more holiday visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.

Source: NT Government