Parrtjima launches program for 10-night event in Alice Springs

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light has announced its new program themed ‘Lifting Our Spirits’.

The free Alice Springs festival runs for 10 nights, with guests required to register their attendance at Parrtjima as part of the festival’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.

AGB Events, the creative directors and producers of the festival, have again engaged First Nations Adviser Rhoda Roberts as part of their team to work alongside the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group to develop the light installations, as well as the program for the Deep Listening talks, Aboriginal films, workshops and live music.

This year’s light show across the MacDonnell Ranges is called Ebb and Flow of Sky and Country and will be accompanied by a dynamic soundscape and narration by traditional owner Benedict Kngwarraye Stevens and Roberts.

The light installation showcase, Werte, has been inspired by an artwork by Kumalie Kngwarraye Riley, which takes as its central motif Werte, the concentric lineal work that speaks of meeting places, and is so relevant to the Central Desert art styles.

Spearheading the Deep Listening talks program are journalist, film maker, author and Wiradjuri man Stan Grant who will discuss Race, Identity and Belonging; and journalist, author and educator Tracey Holmes on Sydney 2000 – Representing Aboriginal Culture and Heritage Globally.

In a first for Parrtjima, there will be two nights of cooking demonstrations with high-profile chef Mark Olive and Rayleen Brown, co-founder of Kungkas Can Cook.

“We couldn’t be happier with our new program and everyone involved is so thrilled to be able to host Parrtjima this year after having to postpone due to COVID-19 earlier in April,” said Roberts.

“Now is the perfect time for Australians to connect with each other, enjoy themselves, and immerse themselves in wonderful stories, art and performances.”