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Parrtjima to illuminate the Red Centre from tonight

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The free 10-night Parrtjima – A Festival in Light kicks off in the heart of Australia tonight, illuminating the MacDonnell Ranges and the red sand at Alice Springs Desert Park with Aboriginal culture.

During the festival, visitors will be immersed in culture through stunning large-scale light installations, music, talks, workshops, film and more.

Highlights of the opening weekend include a Welcome to Country, and performance by The Andrew Gurruwiwi Band tomorrow night, followed by talks with Steven Oliver and Richard Frankland on Saturday evening, and live music from Radical Son.

Joining the program on Sunday are Mutitjulu artists Rene Kulitja, Charmaine Kulitja and Christine Brumby, who were involved in creating the artwork surrounding the Statement from the Heart, which has been transformed into the main light installation at Desert Park.

To view the full program and find out what is on during the rest of the event, visit

If you can’t make it to Parrtjima this year, follow to enjoy a virtual tour, which will be live from 7pm on Friday, 7 April.