Casey Donovan and Archie Roach add extra star power to festival line up

[by Rachael Hoy]

Casey Donovan. Image: supplied

Parrtjima – A Festival in Light has announced new details to complete its 2020 program, including the addition of ARIA Award-winning performing artist Casey Donovan, who will add extra star power to the opening weekend music line up.


The program also includes great Australian movies and documentaries which will be screened at the Alice Springs Desert Park Cinema, plus the fascinating Deep Listening program of talks.


Casey Donovan is one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers. Her long list of awards and achievements spans TV, stage and movies, and her powerful, emotive voice will create a truly memorable experience for concert goers.


This year’s festival, which runs from 3-12 April, will feature six nights of live entertainment across the 10-night event. Nationally renowned artists who will appear include Archie Roach, award-winning singer-songwriter Shellie Morris, earth sound band OKA, and the most isolated metal band in the world, Southeast Desert Metal, from the Santa Teresa Aboriginal community near Alice.


In addition, more details of the extraordinary Desert Park Cinema Deep Listening program of films and talks have been revealed including free movie sessions featuring Aussie favourites Top End Wedding, The Final Quarter and Bran Nue Dae plus a number of ground-breaking films and documentaries by Aboriginal filmmakers including a showing of In My Blood It Runs.


Other must-see events at the Desert Park Cinema Deep Listening program include talks with Archie Roach and Mitch Torres, Kriol Kitchen Presenter, hosted by First Nation’s Adviser for AGB Events and the festival, Rhoda Roberts AO.


“We are thrilled to be working with an incredible line-up of speakers for our Deep Listening program,” Roberts said.


“Deep Listening provides a space to have a conversation about Australia’s Aboriginal culture, from the important role Aboriginal Australian cinema plays to how art and pop culture intersects with traditional storytelling.”


Festival attendees will also be able to enjoy the ambience of acoustic performances by emerging and established local artists held in the courtyard space of Desert Park, whilst enjoying a bite to eat from a variety of local stall holders.

The free public festival is the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind in the world, proudly bringing to life the stories of Australia’s oldest living culture through technology, music, storytelling and art, set against the incredible MacDonnell Ranges – a 300-million-year-old natural canvas.


This year’s theme is Lifting Our Spirits, which highlights the festival’s focus on lifting the spirits from the work of artists, old and new, to the spirit of this year’s audience. 


Alongside new installations and events, festival favourites Grounded and the spectacular lighting of two kilometres of the MacDonnell Ranges return in 2020 with new illuminations immersing visitors in the stories, symbols and knowledge of Aboriginal culture.


Additional installations include a dedicated children’s space which will truly delight and engage, and beautiful lighting effects in Todd Mall.


For more details on Parrtjima’s program of events, head to



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