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New Date Gives Parrtjima A Welcome Boost


The uniqueness of Parrtjima – A Festival in Light with its incredible light installations and projected artwork across the MacDonnell Ranges is again attracting large crowds to Alice Springs, with a 25 per cent increase on attendance in comparison to the 2018 figures.

Thousands of people from across Australia and the world have converged on the Red Centre since the event opened last Friday, 5 April, with thousands more expected to experience the beauty of Parrtjima before it closes Sunday, 14 April.

The festival’s two precincts, Alice Springs Desert Park and Todd Mall, will come alive on the closing weekend with an exciting program of artworks, light installations, talks, workshops, live music and much more.

Visitors and locals at will be in for a treat tonight at Desert Park with range of exciting things to see and do including drag queen bingo with Miss Ellaneous, a compelling conversation between Festival Curator Rhoda Roberts AO and iconic singer, musician and songwriter Warren H Williams, and a contemporary dance procession and performance by GUTS. At Todd Mall, people of all ages are welcome to observe the fully-booked dot painting workshop with Maruku Arts.

On Saturday night, West Arnhem-based Black Rock Band will perform and Thomas Mayor discusses what’s next for the Uluru Statement. Tourists and locals also have the opportunity to watch and learn the intricate art of sculpture weaving in Todd Mall as part of a workshop with Tapatjatjaka Arts.

The last night of the festival will see world-renowned Aboriginal rapper Baker Boy take to the stage at Desert Park in what is expected to be an extremely popular performance, with Danzal Baker’s appearance one of the major drawcards of Parrtjima 2019.

Tourists and locals will also have the chance to meet the brains behind Parrtjima, including Northern Territory Major Events Company General Manager Tim Watsford, Festival Curator Rhoda Roberts AO, Lighting Designer Richard Neville and AGB Events’ Producers Rodney Cambridge and Rebecca Elson. A bush food demonstration will also unfold in Todd Mall on Sunday night.

Additionally, the well-attended, nightly language workshops will be held right through to the end of the festival on Sunday.

As the only First Nations light festival of its kind in the world, Parrtjima allows attendees to witness the oldest continuous cultures on earth through the latest technology against the iconic, 300-million-year-old MacDonnell Ranges.

Every single light projection, art installation and program highlight has been inspired by Parrtjima’s 2019 theme of ‘Language Expressions’, derived from the UN Year of Indigenous Languages.