The only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind, Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, is set to return to the beautiful heart of Australia next month, with an incredible program showcasing the oldest continuous culture on earth.
Off the back of a successful program launch last month, festival organisers have since revealed additional program elements including a number of exciting new workshops and demonstrations that will take place at Alice Springs Desert Park.
Attendees interested in hands-on activities can register for a range of workshops including screen printing, run by Shaun Edwards of social enterprise House of Darwin and creative powerhouse Nina Fitzgerald, a live pottery demonstration and skills tutorial, led by the artistic team at Hermannsburg Potters, and seed jewellery making with Ikuntji Artists.
Those who enjoy painting can sign up for a workshop with the Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre, highlighting social commentary in watercolour, or an earring-painting workshop taught by local artist Zoe Fitzpatrick. Guests can also sign up for a collaborative Indigenous painting workshop using traditional iconography with Warlpiri artists of the Warlukurlangu Art Centre.
In addition, the talented team at GUTS Dance will conduct a series of movement workshops for anyone inspired by their opening night performance, while professional rapper, drummer and music composer DOBBY will lead an interactive drumming workshop for everyone from novices right through to virtuosos.
Foodies can enjoy a bushfood demonstration and tasting with well-known Kungkas Can Cook owner Rayleen Brown, during which she will highlight the wild harvesting process that has sustained communities for thousands of years.
In addition to the workshops and demonstrations, the talks program, hosted by Parrtjima Curator Rhoda Roberts AO, will be joined by journalist Narelda Jacobs.
For more information, visit: www.parrtjima.com.au.