Festival Name: Parrtjima Festival Dates: Usually in April each year since 2016. (12-21 April 2024)

Location: Alice Springs (Mparntwe), Northern Territory, Australia. (Desert Park Entrance, Flynn)

Features: Spectacular light installations, workshops, and live music showcasing Indigenous art and culture, and bringing the desert sands and beautiful MacDonnell mountain ranges to life.


Parrtjima Festival celebrates Aboriginal culture through a unique blend of modern technology and ancient storytelling. This festival is a vibrant display of Aboriginal art, illuminated on a canvas of the Australian desert sky. The theme revolves around showcasing Aboriginal heritage, emphasizing the significance of traditional stories and symbols, all bathed in the light of contemporary artistic expression. It is a meeting ground where ancient culture meets modern art forms, creating a truly mesmerizing experience.

The event is the only Aboriginal light festival of its kind in the world. It features large-scale light installations created by Aboriginal artists, set against the backdrop of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. The festival’s integration of modern light technologies with traditional Aboriginal art makes it a unique cultural spectacle. The festival includes interactive workshops, musical performances, film screenings, and talks that explore Aboriginal culture and stories. Visitors can immerse themselves in a world of color and light, learning about the rich heritage of the region’s indigenous people.

Website Address: Parrtjima Australia Facebook Parrtjima Facebook

A treat for the senses at Parritjima, Festival of Light, Alice Springs

Local Area Tourism Information

Alice Springs is a hub for exploring the Australian Outback. Attractions include the Alice Springs Desert Park, Larapinta Trail, and the historic Telegraph Station. The region is known for its breathtaking landscapes, rich Aboriginal culture, and unique wildlife. CHECK OUT TEN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN ALICE AND A FEW MORE A BIT DON THE TRACK!