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The Start of Something Special in Alice Springs

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light begins in Alice Springs tonight, and promises to do exactly what this year’s theme suggests by ‘Lifting Our Spirits’.

The 10-day event, which runs from 11-20 September, showcases one of the world’s oldest cultures through some of the newest technologies, and this year’s light installations are as incredible as fans have come to expect from this world-class event.

With 2km of the MacDonnell Ranges illuminated, and several large-scale installations arranged in formation around Alice Springs Desert Park, Parrtjima provides an inspiring, enriching experience that leaves attendees enchanted.

Northern Territory Major Events Company CEO Tim Watsford said Parrtjima if like nothing you have seen before.

“If you have the slightest chance to attend this year, do. You will not regret your decision, and you will remember the experience for the rest of your life. It really is that kind of event,” he said.

“The strength of feeling people have for Parrtjima is clear by the demand we’ve seen for our Todd Mall program of events, which have a waitlist. This is great news for Alice Springs, where businesses will benefit from the number of people out and about experiencing Parrtjima.

“There are still plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in the incredible light shows, which lie at the very heart of Parrtjima, so visit the website and register now to secure your spot at Desert Park.”

This year again includes a program of events in Todd Mall, featuring music, talks and films. Some of the items on the program will be delivered in a slightly different format this year in line with Parrtjima’s COVID-19 Management Plan. For example, the Deep Listening talks with Tracey Holmes and Stan Grant will take place via a live cross from a studio in Sydney. Holmes and Grant are unable to travel to the Northern Territory due to border restrictions.

There is also a new registration process in place to manage numbers. Due to popular demand, at present the Todd Mall events have a waitlist. If you have registered for an event you can no longer attend, please cancel your booking so someone else can enjoy the magic of Parrtjima.

To manage your booking, find out more about the program or register to attend the Alice Springs Desert Park light shows, visit