Parrtjima – A Festival in Light has wrapped up its eighth successful year in the Red Centre, illuminating the ancient MacDonnell Ranges at Alice Springs Desert Park.
Held over the Easter break, an average of just over 2200 people visited Parrtjima each night to experience the installations and programmed events despite poor weather forcing the closure of Desert Park on one night.
Increased mid-week programming and a new, more accessible layout for the 2023 event helped attract the biggest Monday, Tuesday and Thursday crowds since Parrtjima began in 2016. There were more than 2,200 attendees on Monday, more than 2,400 on Tuesday and more than 2,800 on Thursday. More than 1000 people alone attended the Eastern Reggae Band concert, while mid-week workshops were at capacity.
Although the Desert Park site was forced to close on Saturday due to inclement weather and festival programming (the talks and music) was moved to Araluen Arts Centre, the Festival attracted over 20,200 attendances overall.
This year’s theme, Listening with Heart, was inspired by the artwork surrounding the Statement from the Heart, and encouraged people to come together, meet and take time to contemplate and reflect in the beautiful Red Centre.
Parrtjima 2023 was delivered by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) and Creative Directors AGB Events.
For more information, visit www.parrtjima.com.au