Registrations open for Parrtjima - A Festival in Light

Locals and visitors can now register to attend this year’s Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, which is set to be held in Alice Springs in just over two months.
For the first time, an online preview of the event was streamed online through Facebook to give local and visitors an insight into what’s in store for 2021.
The preview introduced some of the artists and experts involved in making Parrtjima a reality, and gave viewers a sneak peek into this year’s impressive light installations, in particular Merging Kultcha and Revolving Kultcha.
Northern Territory Major Events Company CEO Tim Watsford said he was thrilled to see Parrtjima return to the Red Centre this April.
“After what was an extremely challenging 2020 for Territory events, we are looking to a bright future and can’t wait to welcome visitors from all over Australia to the Red Centre for one of the best Parrtjima festivals yet,” he said.
“Parrtjima is a magical event in one of Australia’s most magnificent locations. Quite simply, it’s incredible, and the perfect reason to visit the Territory.”
This year’s theme is Future Kultcha, which focuses on intergenerational wisdom told through light, interactive workshops, art, music, films performances and the spoken word.
The preview also touches on some of the program highlights, including Casey Donovan performing and Electric Fields creating the soundscape to this year’s stunning Ranges light show.
Merging Aboriginal culture with electronic music, Electric Fields will perform their track live on stage on opening night, while the Ranges light show plays out on two kilometres of the 300-million-year-old MacDonnell Ranges behind them.
Included in the preview is mention of an exciting new addition to Parrtjima this year – a dining-under-the-stars experience.
Merne, which loosely translates to ‘food’ in the local Arrernte language, will take guests – and their tastebuds – on a delicious journey of discovery, offering a modern take on traditional bushfoods.
Parrtjima runs from 9-18 April 2021 at Alice Springs Desert Park and Todd Mall.
To find out more information or to register for this year’s event, head to
Original artwork: Chantelle Mulladad, Keringke Arts