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A Festival in Light, 8-17 April 2022

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light returns to illuminate Alice Springs (Mparntwe) from 8-17 April 2022 and the program, released today, promises 10 nights of fantastic free entertainment under star-studded skies.

A raft of big names will wow visitors, with ARIA Award-winning Dan Sultan and Triple J’s 2021 Unearthed Artist of the Year King Stingray leading the music program. They will be joined by a range of performers including Aussie rapper BARKAA, West Arnhem Land’s Black Rock Band and the Top End’s Jimblah.

The King Stingray song ‘Get Me Out’ is the soundtrack for the Parrtjima promotional video, and band member Yirrnga Yunupingu said they are looking forward to playing at the festival.

“This will be the first time for us playing in the Red Centre. Our dreams have come true! We can’t wait to experience the good vibes of Parrtjima and rock the stage with all the other amazing artists,” he said.

Some of the musicians will also appear as part of the talks program, intimate conversations between fascinating Australians and Parrtjima Curator Rhoda Roberts AO. Other names on the program include NRL star Josh Addo-Carr, Steven Oliver of Black Comedy fame, and Parrtjima artists Carmen Glynn-Braun and Raelene Ngala Williams.

This year’s film program offers a retrospective of acclaimed filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s work. The workshops program will be released at a later date.

Parrtjima is delivered by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) and produced by Creative Directors AGB Events. NTMEC CEO Tim Watsford said this year’s theme is Sky Country.

“The Red Centre’s phenomenal star-filled night skies are the perfect backdrop for Sky Country, which focuses on our place in the universe and the relationship Aboriginal Australians have with the skies above,” he said.

The only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind, Parrtjima shines a light on the world’s oldest living culture by using the newest technologies, including large-scale light installations and a light show projected onto the 300-million-year-old natural canvas of the MacDonnell Ranges.

For program details, to register for Parrtjima and to book a free spot at any of the film screenings, visit



About Parrtjima – A Festival in Light:

Parrtjima is the only Aboriginal light festival of its kind in the world – proudly showcasing the oldest continuous cultures on Earth through the newest technology against the backdrop of the incredible MacDonnell Ranges – a 300-million-year-old natural canvas. Parrtjima (pronounced Par-Chee-ma) means ‘lighting up’ and conveys two meanings: physically illuminating an object with light and ‘lighting up’ as in to shed light and understanding on a subject.




Signature Installations:

  • Water Tree: Strung over four archways, the installation is inspired by the artwork of Karen Napaljarri Barnes. A twinkling array of acrylic glass, the colourful spectacle replicates the incredible natural phenomenon of thousands of budgerigars flocking together.
  • Flight: Representing the journey of the budgerigar along the Lander River, the installation features artwork of Farron Jampitjinpa Furber. Farron’s work is printed onto sheer fabric spears with circular iconography replicated on laser-etched acrylic discs.
  • Eagle’s Eye: Inspired by irretye (the wedge-tailed eagle) constellation, the installation is a hypnotic tunnel brought to life through the animation of works of Jeannie Nungarrayi Egan.
  • Energy: Created by Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists, this interactive installation features a mix of eight static bikes and wheelchairs. As you jump on and spin the pedals, the artworks illuminate in a revolving fashion to demonstrate the relationship between energy and wind.
  • Wild Wind: Reflecting the work of local artist Raelene Ngala Williams and her artwork, Walpa Pukla, this installation celebrates the stories of the whirly whirly through a series of floating, moving structures.
  • Grounded: An annual crowd-favourite, watch the animated stories of traditional and contemporary interpretations of Sky Country in a playful collection, accompanied by a soundscape reflecting the elements.
  • Night Sky: Created in collaboration with artist Carmen Glynn-Braun and Common Ground, be transported to Sky Country. This 15m-high installation houses 1,200 beautifully illuminated orbs suspended like a blanket of stars.
  • MacDonnell Ranges Light Show: The MacDonnell Ranges come alive through a spectacular light and sound show, offering a unique ‘desert of light’ experience.


Music program:

This year’s music program will feature some of Australia’s most talented musicians. They include:

  • Dan Sultan
  • King Stingray
  • Black Rock Band
  • Jimblah


Talks program:

Parrtjima Curator Rhoda Roberts AO will host intimate conversations with speakers including:

  • NRL star Josh Addo-Carr
  • Steven Oliver of Black Comedy
  • Parrtjima artist Carmen Glynn-Braun
  • Parrtjima artist Raelene Ngala Williams
  • CEO of Common Ground, Rona Glynn-McDonald


Films program:

The films program will offer a retrospective of acclaimed filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s work.

The full program can be viewed here. Please below and attached the media release for more information.