Alice Springs set to sparkle
The ancient landscape of Alice Springs will be lit up for the third time running over the month of September for Parrtjima, the only indigenous light festival of its kind. Parrtjima will provide 10 nights of epic light installations exclusively designed by indigenous artists alongside talks, screenings and dance.
The stunning display will be set off against the imposing MacDonnell Ranges and promises an experience like no other. Red sand, an open sky and hundreds of mesmerising lights combine to create an unearthly spectacle that sweeps across the ochre sands of the Alice Springs Desert Park.
Light up the night
The light installation is intended to be much more than a spectacular show as the artists are working with the sacred land as their canvas, Parrtjiima is held in Mparntwe, the sacred land of the Arrernte people.
Form and function
The community and visitors, international and local alike, have been invited by the custodians of the land to appreciate the multitudes of forms that indigenous art takes and the ways in which different groups contribute to the diversity of Australian indigenous art. The stunning festival has been curated by Rhonda Roberts AO, the first indigenous art curator for Parrtjima.
Sound, light and art
While the exhibition features Arrernte art, the Central Desert region and other parts of the Northern Territory are also represented. Sound, light and art come together to create an immersive experience after which attendees will be afforded the opportunity to chat with artists and local custodians on each of the 10 nights.
There will be even more to enjoy this year with a carefully curated program of entertainment. Electric Fields are set to join the line up with their internationally acclaimed tunes sung partly in the traditional language of the Anangu people. A whole host of other local musicians will also be filling the night sky with their soaring vocals.
Parrtjima Todd Mall precinct will also be illuminated for the duration of the exhibit with displays including a light installation telling the caterpillar dreaming story of Alice Springs. Local and national filmmakers will be showcasing their films each night of the festival in the Todd Mall precinct.
Alice in wonderland
The trip to Alice Springs promises a program of live talks, events and music that is all part and parcel of the festival. Free to attend, the festival simply asks guests to register their visit to ensure all guests will be able to experience the displays in peace and serenity.