The annual Parrtijima - A Festival in Light returns to Alice Springs for another extraordinary year of light, technology, art, and Cultural Freedom.

From 5 - 14 April 2019, large-scale light installations will come alive against the 300-million-year-old natural canvas: Mparntwe in The MacDonnell Ranges and Alice Springs Desert Park. This year’s theme is Language Expressions, which celebrates the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages.

Films by local Aboriginal filmmakers, workshops, intimate artist talks, and much more will also feature on the bill of the Knowledge Program. Guests can expect live performances from internationally-acclaimed musicians Baker Boy and Mojo Juju. And of course, there will be immersive light installations and soundscapes for everyone to interact with, watch, and admire.


The festival is a free public event welcoming everyone of all ages; for the second time ever, the festival will feature Children’s Space, a site-specific artwork designed to engage children with colourful artwork from Valerie Napurrurla Morris, created at Batchelor Institute of Tertiary Education in association with Desart and allow them to express their creative sides.

Parrtjima (pronounced Par-CHee-ma), meaning ‘shedding both light and understanding,' comes from the Arrernte group of languages, which has many dialects and ways of spelling words. The spelling of the event’s name was chosen by the Arrernte group advising the festival in its first year.