Project Update

A 35% increase in attendance was recorded at this year’s Parrtjima festival – its highest visitation to date.

More than 20,000 people took in the sights and sounds of the Alice Springs Desert Park with thousands more also attending Todd Mall. Visitors to both precincts experienced and enjoyed the unique, visually stunning light installations and the accompanying cultural program created by AGB Events to deepen their understanding of the art and culture of Central Australia.

The only Indigenous light festival of its kind, Parrtjima transformed Alice Springs Desert Park into an immersive outdoor gallery of light and sound. For the first time, it also expanded into Todd Mall, allowing additional art installations, workshops and collaborations with significant Arrernte people of Alice Springs.

Next year, the free family-friendly festival will take place six months early, moving from its previous September timing to 5-14 April 2019. Building on the strong growth this year, the event will stand separate from the increasingly crowded event calendar in Alice Springs through August and September and allow the event to grow national and international visitation in coming years.

Coinciding with the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages, the 2019 theme of Language Expressions will inform every light projection and art installation as well as the event’s continuously-evolving Knowledge Program. Rhoda Roberts AO, who returns to curate the festival for a fourth year, cites language as the most powerful instrument for storytelling, intellect and expression; a tool to empower women, men and society at large.

Northern Territory Major Events Company and AGB Events will continue to collaborate with event partners, the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group and artists from all over Central Australia to continue to develop and grow Parrtjima in Australia’s most significant Aboriginal cultural festival and position Alice Springs and the Territory as Australia’s premiere destination for Aboriginal art and culture.

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