Parrtjima – A Festival in Light to illuminate the Territory in 2017

The Northern Territory Government will present an expanded Parrtjima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017.

The free public event celebrates the magnificent Aboriginal art of Central Australia.

It is the first authentic Indigenous light festival of its kind and showcases the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology, on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas.

Parrtjima (pronounced Par-CHee-ma) means ‘lighting up’ and conveys two meanings: physically illuminating an object with light and ‘lighting up’ as in to shed light and understanding on a subject.

The 10-day event follows the outstanding success of the inaugural festival in 2016, which was attended by almost 16,000 people.

Andrew Hopper, General Manager of Northern Territory Major Events Company, said the inaugural Parrtjima event captivated visitors with its breathtaking light displays, and the second event will be even more special.

“This is an exciting announcement for Central Australia; the festival is a wonderful boost for the tourism industry, the local economy and it creates jobs for locals,” Mr Hopper said.

Read the media release.

Created in partnership with local Aboriginal artists and art centres, the event aims to raise the profile of Aboriginal artists from Central Australia by sharing their outstanding work and rich culture with the world.”

For more information go to the Parrtjima Australia website.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light event in Alice Springs is taking place from Friday, 22 September to Sunday, 1 October 2017.