Aboriginal Lights Festival attracts 23,000 visitors


Australia’s Aboriginal light festival, Parrtjima, has successfully completed its seventh year, with plans to return from April 7-16, 2023.

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2022, organized by the Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) and produced by creative directors AGB Events, took place April 8-17 at Alice Springs Desert Park and Araluen Arts Centre. It attracted more than 23,000 spectators under the theme “Sky Country”, Parrtjima.

“Over the years, Parrtjima has continued to develop and grow, providing more and more reasons for people to visit the Red Center from all over Australia,” said NTMEC CEO Tim Watsford.

Parrtjima installation by Jeannie Nungarrayi Egan

“More interstate visitors is great news for the local economy, with ripple effects felt across multiple sectors. In a year where everything is reopening and more and more events are taking place across Australia, it also shows that Parrtjima can stand out among the best in the country and stand out.

A celebration of thousands of years of culture, Parrtjima is the only Aboriginal light festival of its kind in the world. It was named Best Regional Event at the 2021 Australian Event Awards.

Installing the Parrtjima Opening Night Light

The festival included the MacDonnell Ranges Light Show, large-scale light installations developed from Aboriginal artwork, as well as live music from King Stingray, Dan Sultan, BARKAA and more.

This year’s event included exclusive Parrtjima experiences, such as a special preview night, visits to Araluen Art Center, Merne bush food tours and a night visit to Parrtjima Desert Park. Alice Springs, which have been offered as part of Interstate Travel Associate packages.


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