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September 18, 2020 Events / Whats On No Comments Email Email

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light draws to a close this weekend, and there is still plenty to see at the spectacular festival, which has proven incredibly popular.

In a move welcomed by those interested in the program of talks, workshops and music, all activities are now taking place at Alice Springs Desert Park, which allows for larger audiences. Also welcomed by fans is the news Parrtjima will return from 9-18 April 2021.

Parrtjima is presented by the Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) on behalf of the Northern Territory Government, and produced by Creative Directors and Event Producers AGB Events.

The festival features the illumination of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges and an incredible display of immersive artworks, plus an exciting program that includes talks with Rhoda Roberts AO, Parrtjima Curator and First Nations Advisor, and artists such as Southeast Desert Metal Band, the world’s most isolated heavy metal band.

“This is our fifth Parrtjima and we’re proud to have had more than 10,500 visits so far, during what has been a very difficult time for events. We encourage everyone to register for the closing night weekend, which is always a memorable experience,” said NT Government Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Major Events, Natasha Fyles.

Rounding out the festivities, Friday night’s Deep Listening talk with Carol Turner and Felicity Hayes explores their feature documentary In My Blood It Runs, while Saturday night features a performance by artist Leah Flanagan, known for her unique soul, jazz and pop hybrid sound. She will be joined by a string quartet led by Netanela Mizrahi.

Sunday, the final night, will see Parrtjima’s Director of Culture and Engagement and acclaimed artist Paul Ah Chee ‘Ngala’ take to the stage to perform some of his latest songs, plus a selection of favourites with his band Amunda. In addition, Paul and Rhoda will share what’s in store for Parrtjima 2021.

“Parrtjima is definitely a once-in-a lifetime pilgrimage all Australians should make, under the desert skies, surrounded by ancient landscapes that shifts and shapes each generation as the oldest culture adapts and continues its lessons since time immemorial,” said Rhoda.

The festival proudly showcases Aboriginal culture, the oldest continuous culture on Earth, using the latest lighting technology. This year’s theme, ‘Lifting our Spirits’, is weaved through the work of artists – old and new – and aims to lift the spirits of audiences discovering the festival through story, art, landscape and light.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light is open to all ages from 6:30pm to 10:30pm until Sunday, 20 September. Parrtjima is free, but visitors must register as part of the event’s COVID-19 Management Plan. To register and check out the full program, visit

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