Let there be light

Written by Tom Volling, Centralian Advocate, Alice Springs NT

23 September 2016

THE first authentic indigenous light festival will illuminate the MacDonnell Ranges in Alice Springs. The desert sky will be brightened when “Parrtjima — A Festival of Light” kicks off its 10-night extravaganza tonight. Artistic director Giles Westley said the event was enabling local artists to present their work on a large scale. “They can tell their stories in a whole new way,” he said. Mr Westley encouraged residents to watch the festival from the Desert Park to take advantage of the audio art. AGB Events director Anthony Bastic said Parrtjima would become a popular fixture on Australia’s event calendar. “The sheer scale of the lighting on the MacDonnell Ranges is beyond imaginable, and will tell a layered, interactive and personal story from artists, elders and the local indigenous community,” he said. “It will set this authentic and contemporary experience apart from anything we’ve ever seen before.” Parrtjima is described as “spectacular indigenous artworks and a 300-million-yearold canvas”.

It is taking place in Alice Springs until Sunday, October 2. Gates will open to the public at Alice Springs Desert Park for two sessions each night from 6:30pm- 8:30pm and 8:30pm-10:30pm.