Parrtjima lights up the Northern Territory

Alice Springs hosts annual festival of Indigenous arts and entertainment.

The 2021 program for the Northern Territory’s Parrtjima festival has been finalised and will see an impressive list of high-calibre acts perform at the iconic free event in Alice Springs next month.

Joining previously announced acts Electric Fields and Casey Donovan on the Parrtjima – A Festival in Light music program is an all-star line-up of Australian artists including Miiesha, MusicNT’s Divas, Jimblah, Bow and Arrow, Dobby, OKA, Ziggy Ramo and Shellie Morris.

Northern Territory Major Events Company CEO Tim Watsford said this year’s event, from 9-18 April, would attract crowds to Alice Springs from all over Australia.

“The 2021 program signifies a coming-of-age for the event as it enters its sixth year,” Mr Watsford said.

“We are thrilled with the program’s offerings, including everything from impressive new large-scale light installations and musical performances to workshops, talks, films, and of course, our unmissable light show against the MacDonnell Ranges at Alice Springs Desert Park.

“Parrtjima is a must-do for any traveller’s bucket list and I look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to the heart of Australia for this iconic festival in light.”

2021 Parrtjima - A Festival in Light

Parrtjima 2021 features large-scale light installations, artworks, performances, interactive workshops, music, films and talks woven into the program as part of the 2021 theme “Future Kultcha”.

Other highlights include a talks program, fabric and textiles workshop hosted by National Indigenous Fashion Awards Director Nina Fitzgerald, bush-food tastings, a wooden carvings masterclass, painting workshops, metal sculpture workshops and more.

Parrtjima has expanded over three event precincts this year with the Araluen Arts Centre hosting parts of the program along with Alice Springs Desert Park and Todd Mall.

Children’s activities and live music provided by local DJs will feature on the nightly program, and the Araluen Arts Centre will host a film program and Araluen curator tours. 

Films include 1950s classic Jedda, coming-of-age comedy Bran Nue Dae and Aboriginal Rules, a documentary on the role Aussie rules plays in a remote NT community.

Click here for the full program of events.

Contact RACQ Travel on 1300 888 449 to plan you Northern Territory holiday