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