Parrtjima Festival of Light 2023: Preview Night

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View Video of last night’s preview HERE

Held in Alice Springs (Mparntwe) since 2016, Parrtjima is an annual free festival that will feature, for the first time, a single major work as its centrepiece, along with other large-scale light and sound installations, music, talks, workshops, film and more.

Parrtjima Curator Rhoda Roberts AO said Parrtjima was an experience not to be missed. 

“The power of song and the reclamation of language and its importance is filtered across the program as we move into a new future, and as Australians seek to know more about the oldest living culture on the planet,” she said.

“Through the continuing age-old practice of painting Country, we experience the creation and the connection represented in the art and hearts of our First Peoples.”

Thousands of visitors are again expected to attend the festival, which is the only event of its kind in the world.

Earlier last month a special Melbourne installation kicked off the season giving visitors a teaser of what was to come.

The Melbourne activation at Federation Square’s Main forumn featured the work of 12 artists who contributed to past Parrtjima festivals including Sharon Alice, Marina Pumani Brown, Anne Dixon, Hannah Nungarrayi, Serena Hayes, Annette Nungala, Roseanna Larry, Mary James, June Smith, Corban Clause Williams, Cassaria Young Hogan and Isaac Girrabul. The soundscapes were composed by Damian Robinson, Wicked Beat Sound System and Rhyan Clapham, aka DOBBY.



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