From April 8 to April 17 the MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia will be lit up as a beautiful light installation for Parrtjima, A Festival in Light, celebrating Country and culture.
Parrtjima is the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind. Parrtjima, which means to shed both light and understanding, is the place where old meets new, celebrating and showcasing the oldest continuous culture through the newest technology.
Held on Mpartwe (Alice Springs) for 10 nights, this free event invites guests to watch as the desert comes alive with new large-scale light installations and an incredible program of performances and workshops.
Here are our top TDF picks!
Parrtjima Light Installations
We would be remiss not to have this one at the top of our list! This year the theme of Parrtjima is ‘Sky Country’ – an important part of the ecology and philosophy of Aborginal culture – with each of the large-scale light installations emphasising elements of sky, air and wind.
Among the signature installations you’ll find; Kangaroo Grass (a sea of custom-made LED spears and colourful gobos accompanied by an evocative soundscape), Night Sky (a 15m diameter dome installation made up of 1200 beautifully illuminated orbs) and the MacDonnell Ranges Light Show (which will see the 300 million-year-old natural canvas lit up spectacularly). Plus so many more!
These incredible installations are best viewed from 7pm at the earliest, and are on every night until 10.15pm.
Maruku arts: Sky stories through sand drawing
Learn more about this year’s Parrtjima theme Sky Country with an in-depth demonstration of sand drawing.
Maruku artists will skilfully translate, through their drawings, traditional narratives and share deep-rooted connections bound to the sky and land. In this demonstration you’ll learn about the symbols that have been used in the teaching of Tjukurpa (the creation of time) in language.
This demonstration is on Monday April 11 from 6.30pm – 7.30pm – spaces are limited, but a few tickets will be available on the night, so get there early to secure your spot.