The calibre of this year’s Parrtjima program has stepped up another notch, with a range of incredible workshops and demonstrations added to the 2022 event. Held in Alice Springs (Mparntwe) from 8-17 April 2022, the free 10-night festival will feature workshops and demonstrations each night at 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.
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. It is the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind and is a must-do for the whole family.
Workshop and demonstration spots are limited and fill up quickly. To secure your spot in advance, and to register for Parrtjima, click here
All visitors are required to show proof they have received two COVID-19 vaccinations.