Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

The second annual Parrtjima – A Festival in Light is illuminating Alice Springs with extraordinary contemporary art by talented Aboriginal artists from around Central Australia.

The free public event transforms Alice Springs Desert Park into a mesmerising outdoor gallery of light and sound until Sunday, 1 October 2017.

Highlights of the expanded program this year include a breathtaking illumination of a 300-million-year-old natural canvas, the majestic MacDonnell Ranges, a series of new installations and the Festival Knowledge Program of events involving Aboriginal artists from the Central Desert region.

Visitors can enhance their experience with the Parrtjima 2017 mobile app which includes the festival program, site map and details of the installations, artists and more.

The family-friendly festival is open to the public at Alice Springs Desert Park from 6:30pm to 10:30pm and visitors are asked to register their attendance for one of four arrival sessions times held each night. The Festival Knowledge Program commences at 6:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. 

A free park ‘n ride shuttle bus is available to and from the festival stopping at several locations around Alice Springs.

The first Aboriginal light festival of its kind in the world, Parrtjima is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government and event partners Northern Territory Major Events Company, AGB Events, Alice Springs Desert Park, Alice Springs Town Council, Alice in the Territory and Diggamen Civil Contracting.

For more information and to register to attend, please visit

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2017. Medicine Space: Awelya-Akerte Apmere (Medicine Country) by Artists of Ampilatwatja. Credit: James Horan Photography