Things are starting to look brighter post-COVID19.
The coming months are looking that much brighter with the announcement that the Northern Territory’s much loved Parrtjima Festival is back on for 2020.
Originally, the spectacular, 10-day light festival was scheduled to take place from 3-12 April, but we all know how the story goes from there. Thankfully, the Northern Territory arts scene is on the rebound and, as the saying goes, “the show must go on!”.
Forging ahead in light of lighter restrictions, the Parrtjima Festival has been rescheduled and is set to dazzle visitors from September 11-20 in Alice Springs. The 10-day festival brightens up the heart of Australia through the use of story, art, landscape, and light, celebrating Aboriginal culture and sharing their connection to country with visitors.
What to expect at Parrtjima festival 2020
This year, the Parrtjima festival’s focus is on water, the cosmos, and country.
Under a glittering starry sky, the magnificent MacDonnell ranges will glow with the collaborative lightworks of the Parrtjima Festival and local Aboriginal communities. All the artworks that will be on display come from a call out to 40 Aboriginal art centres and include work by artists from Arrernte, Luritja, Anmatyerre, Warlpiri and Pitjantjatjara Nations. It’s a deeply moving celebration of Aboriginal art, delivered in a modern format.
While the festival is heavily focused on what happens after dark, there is still plenty to busy yourself with during the daylight hours. Discover the large-scale sculptural installations, join in on the series of conversations with writers, academics, and storytellers, or kick back and relax to some of the live artists and performers taking to the stage over the 10 days.
For anyone interested in travelling to the Northern Territory for the festival, the announcement of the rescheduled festival couldn’t have been more perfectly timed, with Qantas and Jetstar now pumping out triple frequent flyer points on bookings and heavily discounted airfares for those that can currently fly.
Featured image: Parrtjima/NTMEC
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