The full program line-up of workshops, films, talks and music for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light in Alice Springs has been released today, with visitors encouraged to register early.
As well as large-scale light installations that illuminate the Red Centre landscape, the jam- packed Parrtjima program has something for everyone, including workshops led by Central Australian art centres: the Hermannsburg Potters, Ikuntji Artists, Warlukurlangu Artists and Iltja Ntjarra “Many Hands” Art Centre. There will also be dance workshops with GUTS Dance and demonstrations from Maruku Arts, including Tjukurpa storytelling in the sand.
The selection of films and documentaries include Westwind: Djalu’s Legacy and Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky.
The program also features a series of talks with some of Australia’s most well-known Indigenous identities, including actor Steven Oliver, and former Northern Territory Senator and Olympian Nova Peris, plus music from the likes of Kaiit, The Andrew Gurruwiwi Band and Paul Ah Chee.
The program complements the immersive light installations, which will be projected onto the ancient MacDonnell Ranges and the distinctive red dirt at Alice Springs Desert Park.
Parrtjima is delivered by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) and is produced by Creative Directors AGB Events. The theme for this year’s Parrtjima is Listening with Heart. Inspired by the artwork surrounding the Statement from the Heart, Listening with Heart embodies the concept of coming together, meeting and taking the time to contemplate, reflect and heal.
NTMEC CEO Suzana Bishop said the Parrtjima program has something for everyone with a great selection of music, talks and workshops to attend between observing the immersive light displays.