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Parrtjima to entertain people of all ages

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GUTS dance to host dance movement workshops. Image: supplied

The only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind, Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, is set to return to the beautiful heart of Australia next month, with an incredible program showcasing the oldest continuous culture on earth.


Held in Alice Springs from 8-17 April 2022, the free 10-night festival offers something for the whole family with everything from art, light shows, performances, music, films and talks. Off the back of a successful program launch last month, festival organisers have since revealed additional program elements including a number of exciting new workshops and demonstrations that will take place at Alice Springs Desert Park.


Attendees interested in hands-on activities can register for a range of workshops including screen printing, run by Shaun Edwards of social enterprise House of Darwin and creative powerhouse Nina Fitzgerald, a live pottery demonstration and skills tutorial, led by the artistic team at Hermannsburg Potters, and seed jewellery making with Ikuntji Artists.


Those who enjoy painting can sign up for a workshop with the Iltja Ntjarra (Many Hands) Art Centre, highlighting social commentary in watercolour, or an earring-painting workshop taught by local artist Zoe Fitzpatrick. Guests can also sign up for a collaborative Indigenous painting workshop using traditional iconography with Warlpiri artists of the Warlukurlangu Art Centre.


In addition, the talented team at GUTS Dance will conduct a series of movement workshops for anyone inspired by their opening night performance, while professional rapper, drummer and music composer DOBBY will lead an interactive drumming workshop for everyone from novices right through to virtuosos.


This year’s theme is Sky Country, and visitors will also have the chance to learn about sky stories through sand drawing, and explore the history of the boomerang at demonstrations presented by Maruku Arts. Foodies can enjoy a bushfood demonstration and tasting with well-known Kungkas Can Cook owner Rayleen Brown, during which she will highlight the wild harvesting process that has sustained communities for thousands of years.


Parrtjima is delivered by the Northern Territory Government through Northern Territory Major Events Company (NTMEC) and produced by Creative Directors AGB Events.


NTMEC CEO Tim Watsford said he was thrilled to see another stellar program on offer for locals and visitors alike.


“This year’s Parrtjima is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before, with some of Australia’s top artists, performers and experts set to share their talents throughout the free 10-night festival,” he said.


“Today we are thrilled to unveil the final offerings of the 2022 program, which are our exciting new workshops and demonstrations. With so many great interactive experiences on offer, we are confident this year’s festival will be another memorable one with something for all members of the family.”


In addition to the workshops and demonstrations, Parrtjima – A Festival in Light features large-scale light installations, performances, music, films and talks, hosted by Parrtjima Curator Rhoda Roberts AO and journalist Narelda Jacobs. Set against the stunning 300- million-year-old MacDonnell Ranges, Parrtjima shares age-old stories and culture through state-of-the-art technology.


Workshop and demonstration spots are limited and fill up quickly. To secure your spot in advance, and to register for Parrtjima, visit


In addition to the free Parrtjima program, there are a range of paid premium experiences on offer through the event’s travel partner Travel Associates in 2022. From art curator tours, bush medicine tours, and sunset and nocturnal tours, there is something to appeal to everyone.


For more information and to book, head to


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