Parrtjima mid-week programming reaps results


Alice Springs light festival Parrtjima has wrapped up its eighth successful year attracting its biggest Monday, Tuesday and Thursday crowds since Parrtjima began in 2016.

Despite poor weather forcing the closure of Desert Park on one night, Parrtjima attracted over 20,200 attendances overall with an average of just over 2200 people visiting each night to experience the installations and programmed events.

This year’s festival saw increased mid-week programming and a new, more accessible layout under the theme, Listening with Heart.

“With a healthy mix of local, interstate and international visitors, Parrtjima was a beautiful opportunity for us to all get together, and learn and share stories on Country,” said Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) CEO Suzana Bishop.

“It was heartening to see people from a range of nationalities and backgrounds come along to enjoy the program.

“Their support helped deliver three nights of record numbers, and visitors were able to explore the Red Centre region, and the unique experiences it offers, while those on the program reached new audiences and shared their stories in new ways.”