Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light returns to Alice Springs this year between 28 September and 7 October 2018.

Proudly showcasing the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas, Parrtjima brings together the ancient and the contemporary.

This year, the curatorial theme of Cultural Freedom has informed the creation of participating artists, creating work that when displayed together creates ‘unique visibility around their story and Country’.

Patricia Ansell Dodds, Grounded Space, 2017 – Parrtjima, A Festival in Light, Alice Springs, Australia 2017. James Horan Photography for Tourism NT.

Parrtjima will feature five site-specific installations:

Grounded Space
Made with permission from respected Arrernte People, this work places focus on the ground beneath us with large-scale light projection onto Arrernte Country desert sands.

Gathering Space
Featuring work by Barkly Regional Arts artists, this installation engages with practices of inclusion, culminating as concentric circles of doors that invite guests into a space to connect them with freedom, landscape and nature.

Forest Space
Made by artists from Desert Peoples Centre Campus and Batchelor Institute Artists, this work responds to the overarching theme of Cultural Freedom, featuring a series of large wooden lanterns hung through trees. Children’s Space is a point for learning and play, facilitated by the colourful artwork of Kerringke Arts.

Gateway Nature Space
Highlighting the local Alice Springs community, this creation comes to life as a collection of bird shapes made by local school children, hung in the form of a tunnel for visitors to wander through.

In addition to these installations, up to 2km of the MacDonnell ranges will be illuminated by a theatrical combination of coloured lighting, projection mapping and sound, immersing viewers in an enhanced natural beauty.