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2023 Theme – Listening with Heart

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The theme for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2023 is Listening with Heart (Kunturu Kulini). Inspired by the artwork surrounding the Statement from the Heart, Heart Listening embodies the concept of coming together, meeting, and taking the time to contemplate and reflect in the beautiful Red Centre.

Led by Maruku artist Rene Kulitja, a group of artists from Mutitjulu (near Uluru) created the Statement from the Heart artwork. It depicts Uluru-Ku Tjukurrpa (The Uluru Story of connection). Rene will work alongside other artists to bring the stunning piece to life as a large-scale immersive light and sound installation in the red soil of Mparntwe (Alice Springs), on Arrernte country.

As the heart of Parrtjima 2023, the installation will immerse you in the world of the Aṉangu people of the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands surrounding Uluru.

As you journey through the installation you will hear the ancient songlines and Indigenous perspectives of what country means – learning to walk together, connecting, while listening to the First Peoples’ deep connection and philosophy of land, water and sky country.

There is a growing realisation across the nation that Australia has something incredibly unique – the world’s oldest living, adapting culture – and Parrtjima is an invitation from our First Peoples asking us all to walk together and build a better future.

Join us and experience a timeless culture expressed in fresh, creative ways in the heart of Australia. Come and be a part of Parrtjima.