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Alice Springs celebrates culture in 2018


Alice Springs’ Parrtjima Festival will be bigger than ever in 2018 and 2019, with activity and entertainment extended into the Todd Mall and new lighting installations at the Desert Park. Running from 28 September – 7 October this year, the ten-day program provides a spectacular off-site venue and activity option for conference and incentive groups visiting Alice Springs later in the year.

The seven new lighting installations and an expanded cultural program at Parrtjima’s precinct at Alice Springs Desert Park will be complemented by a second event precinct in Todd Mall in Alice Springs CBD. 

The Parrtjima Todd Mall precinct will feature lighting effects along the mall, a new installation telling the Caterpillar dreaming stories of Alice Springs and a second Knowledge program site on the central lawns including creative workshops, film and music. Business owners in Todd Mall and stakeholders are being encouraged to support the event through extensions to trading hours and participation in the event marketing program.

Acting Minister for Tourism and Culture, Natasha Fyles said Parrtjima continues to evolve and expand beyond its light installations, offering visitors more reasons to come and experience Aboriginal culture in Alice Springs. 

Headlining this year’s festival music program is internationally acclaimed duo Electric Fields, who will bring their genre-defying sounds to the infinite spaces of the vast Red Centre. Zaachariaha Fielding, vocalist for Electric Fields who often sings in his traditional languages of the Anangu people, said the duo jumped at the chance to be part of the festival. 

The festival is a free public event and the only authentic Indigenous light festival of its kind - proudly showcasing the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology, on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas.

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