The Ghan lights up ahead of Parrtjima

Three carriages of The Ghan have been transformed into a spectacular piece of moving art as a taste of what to expect at the upcoming Parrtjima – A Festival in Light in Alice Springs.

The carriages have been wrapped in Aboriginal artist Chantelle Mulladad’s design Crossroads as the train travels from Darwin to the Red Centre.

“This project was designed to creatively integrate the Parrtjima festival into one of our unique Northern Territory holiday experiences that delivers on the Northern Territory’s promise of being different in every sense,” said Tony Quarmby, executive general manager at Tourism NT.

“It has been a really exciting project for us to bring to life; the juxtaposition of Chantelle Mulladad’s artwork on the train with the Red Centre’s vibrant colours as the backdrop creates a stunning visual as The Ghan travels through the Territory to Alice Springs, while the immersive experience on board The Ghan gives passengers a taste of what to expect at Parrtjima – A Festival in Light.”

Running from April 9-18 in Alice Springs, Parrtjima – A Festival in Light activates the desert landscape of Central Australia into a meeting place of old and new.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Tourism NT and Journey Beyond on this exciting project that showcases Parrtjima – A Festival in Light to a national audience,” said Northern Territory Major Events Company CEO Tim Watsford.

“Like the 2021 Parrtjima program and The Ghan journey, this distinct partnership is synonymous with quality, elegance and iconic experiences.

“Since the inaugural festival in 2016, Parrtjima has come of age as an event of national significance with thousands of interstate visitors expected to travel to the Red Centre for the 2021 instalment.”

Anthony Bastic, CEO of AGB Events, said they were always looking for new ways to expand the reach of the annual Parrtjima program.

“This is a new initiative and particularly significant given the Ghan’s importance to Central Australia,” he said.

“There’s also a great synergy with the artwork Crossroads by Chantelle Mulladad which we’ve utilised in this installation and also the Merging Kultcha installation at the Alice Springs Desert Park.

“In developing creative concepts like this it reminds us of the importance in connecting people. On this occasion, by involving the Ghan with Parrtjima, we’re highlighting pathways and moving forward which ties in with the ‘Future Kultcha’ theme for Parrtjima 2021. The Ghan connects people and Parrtjima connects people through light.”