Parrtjima – A Festival in Light returns to illuminate the Red Centre in April in more ways than one, with some of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal identities set to participate in the In Conversation talks program, where a range of topics, from science and sport to literature and The Voice, will be discussed.
From 7-16 April 2023, the free 10-night festival will light up the night sky above Alice Springs Desert Park (ASDP), while on the ground a series of In Conversation talks will allow visitors to hear from the likes of actor Steven Oliver, marathon hero Charlie Maher, media identity Naomi Moran, scientist Corey Tutt, and former Northern Territory Senator and Olympian Nova Peris.
Musicians Richard Frankland, KAIIT and Paul Ah Chee will also feature in the talks program, as well as perform during the festival.
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 artist Rene Kulitja, who led the group of artists who created the Statement from the Heart artwork, will also take part in the In Conversation program, hosted by Parrtjima Curator Rhoda Roberts AO.