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Parrtjima – A Festival in Light

From 5 - 14 April 2019, Alice Springs will proudly showcase the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology, on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas.

 Parrtjima - A Festival in Light

“As one of the local custodians who are guiding and advising Parrtjima, we feel proud to be hosting this event, helping people to experience culture, art and country while inspiring young people that culture has strength and beauty and can stand up in front of the world. It always begins with sand. Always did. It’s like us. We were brought up in dust, and we go back to dust. See. Like that. The cycle. From sand to canvas to light to sand again. It’s like us.” - Benedict Kngwarraye Stevens, a Traditional Owner

Parrtjima, pronounced par-Chee-ma, means both shedding light and understanding, and perfectly encapsulates the intention and atmosphere of this unique event. Back for its third year, and set to be its biggest yet, visitors can take their time wandering through a stunning natural landscape cloaked in huge-scale light installations. The MacDonnell Ranges will again be the canvas for a series of stunning lighting effects, designed to reflect the theme of the cyclical patterns of the sun and the moon. Parrtjima will also feature a dedicated children’s space to engage and incite curiosity among young and old alike.


5 - 14 April, 2019. The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Book your space here.

Alice Springs YHA

Where to stay? Of course, we know a place.

Alice Springs YHA is built within the grounds of an historic outdoor movie theatre, in a great location in the centre of this atmospheric outback town. The has a big outdoor movie screen showing movies nightly under the stars. 

Image depicts Grounded by Patricia Ansell Dodds


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    Alice Springs YHA
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    Alice Springs YHA
    Alice Springs YHA traveller hostel is built within the grounds of an historic outdoor cinema. Make sure you book your accommodation with us, for nightly movies under the stars!
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