Parrtjima – A Festival in Light
The annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light will return to Alice Springs (Mparntwe), from 28 September – 7 October 2018, for its third year which promises to be its biggest yet.
The ten-day festival will showcase extraordinary contemporary art by some of Central Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal artists through an expanded creative program.
Free to attend, the festival is the only Indigenous light festival of its kind, proudly showcasing the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology, on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas.
Rhoda Roberts AO will return for her second year as festival curator for the 2018 Parrtjima (pronounced Par-CHee-ma) event, for which the theme is ‘Cultural Freedom’. It will celebrate the ways Aboriginal artists’ practices have evolved through new styles and materials, while remaining true to the ancient philosophy of connection and country.
“Parrtjima means shedding both light and understanding, but it’s much more—it’s the generosity and spirit of a peoples who have and always will care for country and for the many travellers who visit this timeless land,” Roberts says.
The MacDonnell Ranges will again be the canvas for a series of stunning lighting effects, designed to reflect the theme of the cyclical patterns of the sun and the moon. Visitors can take their time, wandering through the stunning natural landscape and experience five new large-scale light installations, and for the first time, Parrtjima will also launch a dedicated children’s space.
Visitors to the free family-friendly event can explore the installations at their leisure and relax at the Festival Hub in the beautiful surrounds of Alice Springs Desert Park from 6:30pm to 10:30pm each night.