Parrtjima to light up Alice Springs this weekend


Alice Springs will light up again for Parrtjima across 10 nights marking the first edition under the helm of creative directors Grumpy Sailor.

New light installations this year include The Arrernte, a series of illuminated cars which celebrate a collage of work across Eastern, Western and Central language groups, and theatrical experience Arelhe Urrperle, 6m tall puppets that will stroll through the festival sharing language and stories.

In another first, a three-night marketplace will offer art, bush medicine, jewellery and beauty products from local Aboriginal businesses and art centres.

“Parrtjima not only brings together the world’s oldest living cultures with leading-edge technology, it brings together people from across the country to connect and engage with our First Nations people and cultures,” Northern Territory Major Events Company CEO Suzana Bishop said.

“It is also an event that makes a meaningful and positive impact on local communities, as well as the local economy.”