About Us

Parrtjima is a free 10-night festival in light

WHERE

Alice Springs Desert Park, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

WHAT IS IT?

Parrtjima is the meeting place where old meets new. It is the only authentic Aboriginal festival of its kind, showcasing the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology – all on the 300-million-year-old natural canvas of the MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia.

Each year this free event celebrates the ways in which artists evolve and experiment with different styles and materials, while staying true to Country and culture.

Parrtjima is held on Mparntwe (Alice Springs), which is connected to the estates of Mparntwe, Antulye and Irlpme. This also includes a network of people who have connections to these areas; some of whom have established the Parrtjima Festival Reference Group (PFRG) to guide and help create Parrtjima.

Together, they invite visitors to come and experience Parrtjima, and watch the desert come alive with new artworks, light shows and a program of performances, interactive workshops, music, films and talks.

Please note: The Lighting of the MacDonnell Ranges show is best viewed from 7pm at the earliest due to the levels of daylight.

Will you be joining us at Parrtjima 2020? Please ensure you register.

This year, to help keep our community safe, all attendees will be required to pre-register for Parrtjima. Tickets are completely free of charge. Nightly capacities are limited this year to ensure there is plenty of room to roam and enjoy, so we encourage you to book early to enjoy the show! 

All adults will need to provide personal details, and the number of children in their group.