For ten days a year, the desert is brought to life with impressive artwork, dazzling light shows, and excellent performances, set against the stunning backdrop of the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges. The name Parrtjima means ‘shedding both light and understanding’ in the local Arrernte language and the aim of the event is to celebrate the oldest continuous cultures in the world through the latest technology. Visitors can gain a deeper insight into the country and Arrernte culture through artwork, light installations, and more, from Arrernte artists and those from across the central desert region and around the Northern territory. Parrtjima is a celebration of indigenous arts, culture, and storytelling, enlightening attendees in the most engaging and entertaining way.
Magnificent artwork commands a large portion of the ranges, celebrating the beauty, uniqueness, and survival of the landscape. Meanwhile, Alice Springs Desert Park and Todd Mall host a thrilling program of interactive workshops, music from talented local and national musicians, Indigenous dance, films by Aboriginal filmmakers, and insightful talks, as well as more artwork and light installations. Visitors can wander through a unique outdoor gallery of contemporary and traditional Aboriginal art, and immerse themselves in artwork and stories through light installations coupled with soundscapes.
Parrtjima is the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind. Entry is free, and everyone is encouraged to attend. As well as the culture, there is a hub of food and drink stalls. The event is family-friendly, featuring a children’s’ area with artwork specifically designed to engage younger guests.