ALICE SPRINGS LIGHTS UP

A NEW FES­TI­VAL IS SET TO CEL­E­BRATE THE CUL­TURE AND BEAUTY OF ALICE SPRINGS IN SEPTEM­BER

The Australian - Wish Magazine - - FOOD -

Set against the back­drop of the mes­meris­ing MacDon­nell Ranges, Alice Springs is the Red Cen­tre’s hub and in Septem­ber will show­case the ma­jes­tic land­scape as Par­rtjima – A Fes­ti­val In Light comes to life. Run­ning from Septem­ber 23 to Oc­to­ber 2, the free fes­ti­val ZLOO EH WKH ¿UVW LQGLJHQRXV OLJKW IHVWLYDO RI LWV NLQG LQ WKH world and Aus­tralia’s big­gest ever light show in­stal­la­tion, with more than 2.5km of the MacDon­nell Ranges be­ing il­lu­mi­nated as part of the event.

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The 10-day fes­ti­val show­cases three dis­tinct in­stal­la­tions in­cor­po­rat­ing orig­i­nal, con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional art by lo­cal indige­nous artists, stu­dents and the com­mu­nity, all us­ing light and sound.

Show­cas­ing the world’s old­est con­tin­u­ous cul­ture on earth, the fes­ti­val has been a part­ner­ship with lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal artists in­clud­ing Le­nie Na­matjira, Hu­bert Pareroultja, and Therese Ry­der to share their art, cul­ture and sto­ries.

One of the high­lights of the fes­ti­val will be an in­stal­la­tion of a se­ries of large il­lu­mi­nated 1950s-style cir­cle skirts fea­tur­ing the water­colour art­work of Na­matjira (pic­tured right, seated, wear­ing one of her de­signs), who is the grand­daugh­ter of Albert Na­matjira, one of Aus­tralia’s best known Abo­rig­i­nal painters.

Known for its work on Syd­ney’s Vivid, AGB Events will work closely with artists, the North­ern Ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ment and fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers to cre­ate an event that will in­spire and draw lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors to the area with an au­then­tic and con­tem­po­rary indige­nous ex­pe­ri­ence.

The fes­ti­val cen­tre will be lo­cated at Alice Springs Desert Park on Lara­p­inta Drive, just 10 min­utes’ drive from the cen­tre of Alice Springs.

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