Merne Desert Dinner under the stars at Parrtjima

Parrtjima shining brightly in Alice Springs

Opening weekend of Parrtjima – A Festival in Light has seen Alice Springs glow with excitement as thousands of people flock to the Red Centre to take in the sights and sounds of the 10-night festival.

Almost 8000 attendances were recorded for Parrtjima’s opening weekend. Visitors enjoyed a live performance from electronic music duo Electric Fields in front of the MacDonnell Ranges light show and dined under a canopy of outback stars at the Merne Desert Dinner.

Interactive workshops were also a hit with National Indigenous Fashion Awards Director Nina Fitzgerald, the artists from Maruku Arts and bushfood experts Mark Olive and Rayleen Brown.

The talks program was a hit, with NRL legend Josh Addo-Carr sharing tales of his life and career in professional sport.

“I feel incredibly lucky to be involved with Parrtjima,” Josh said. “This is such an opportunity to not only experience the spiritual Red Centre, but also connect with the local community through sport. I know how important sport is in small communities. I feel very honoured to be here on Arrernte country.”

Author Bruce Pascoe offered an insight into his new book, Loving Country and Parrtjima artists Jungala Kriss and Raymond Walters Japanangka revealed the storylines, heritage and culture behind their incredible artwork.

Parrtjima is delivered by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) and produced by Creative Directors AGB Events.

The festival runs from 9-18 April 2021 at Alice Springs Desert Park, Todd Mall and Araluen Arts Centre. It is free to attend, but you must register at