[by Vanessa Gregory]
Parrtjima announces new festival dates
Thousands of Parrtjima – A Festival in Light fans will be delighted to hear the event has been rescheduled to 11-20 September 2020.
The date change reflects precautionary measures introduced by the Federal Government to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
The free festival, delivered by Northern Territory Major Events Company and Event Producers AGB Events on behalf of Northern Territory Government, was due to take place from 3-12 April 2020 in Alice Springs.
The Parrtjima Festival Reference Group, a network of advisers from the local Arrernte community, is supportive of the new dates.
“We are mindful and are being careful of protecting our knowledge keepers and future generation. It is with hope we will, in September, bring this phenomenal cultural event back to share with all that come to visit Mparntwe.” - Parrtjima Festival Reference Group
AGB Events First Nations Adviser, Rhoda Roberts AO, said the theme of this year’s Parrtjima – Lifting Our Spirits – was more fitting than ever in light of recent events.
“Our Aboriginal culture has a long and continued history thanks to the protection and respect of our knowledge keepers and tradition bearers,” she said.
“Today’s custodians, our Apmerekeartweye, are of the utmost importance in these unknown times; they continue the stories, the song and the art.
“It would be beyond devastating if communities were affected and so, while a tough decision has been made to reschedule the event to September 2020, I believe this is the right approach to safeguard our vulnerable communities.
“Come September, when our visitors, artists and staff are hosted by the Arrernte once again, their ancient lands will Lift Our Spirits as we explore Parrtjima together, and witness the magic and unexpected spiritual gifts. The knowledge of country our artists continue to share with us at Parrtjima is the healing we will all need.”
Announcements will follow about the program, which will feature the impressive Signature Installations at Alice Springs Desert Park. These include Werte, Grounded and the incredible illumination of two kilometres of the West MacDonnell Ranges.
So save the date in your diary and visit www.parrtjimaaustralia.com.au to find out more.
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