Parrtjima – A Festival in Light announces 2019 program

The program for this year’s iteration of Parrtjima – A Festival in Light has been unveiled.

The festival aims to showcase some of the oldest continuous cultures on Earth though the newest technology, against the backdrop of the MacDonnell Ranges.

Creative director Rhoda Roberts returns to curate her third Parrtjima, which this year is themed around ‘Language Expressions’.

“2019 is the UN Year of Indigenous Language. Traditional Languages are vital to providing age-old knowledge continuance of story, culture and connection to Country.”

Parrtjima will showcase seven lighting installations and effects across the festival in Alice Springs Desert Park and the Todd Mall precinct. New installations include an illuminated tunnel that will welcome guests to the festival space, a series of oversized sculptures telling the lesser known social history of First Nations station workers and their language of the land, and a series of sculptured large-scale moths.

Meanwhile two kilometres of the MacDonnell Ranges will act as a canvas for a series of lighting effects celebrating the beauty, uniqueness and survival of the landscape.

The 2019 Young Australian of the Year, acclaimed Indigenous hip hop artist Baker Boy, will perform at the final night of the festival, which runs from Friday, April 5 – Sunday, April 14.

More information can be found on the official website.

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