Parrtjima Festival 2021

Visitors interact with one of the art installations at Parrtjima. Parrtjima takes place in Alice Springs with light installations from a number aboriginal artists set against the majestic MacDonnell Ranges.


April 9th – April 18th 2021


  • Alice Springs Desert Park – a 15min car ride from Aurora Alice Springs Hotel
  • Todd Mall

Parrtjima is the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of its kind. This is an annual FREE festival which takes over Alice Springs with ten nights of light installations from a number Aboriginal artists, set against the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. Alongside the artworks you can enjoy a program packed full of live talks, events and music by local and national musicians. Come for the festival fun, but stay for the rich history, incredible sightseeing and an authentic, memorable experience.


Theme for 2021: FUTURE KULTCHA is based on the timeless oral way of learning, the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next that has taken place amongst Aboriginal peoples for eons.

But to learn, you also have to understand the listening.  Listen to the elders, custodians and guardians of language.

And imagine – when you have knowledge you have obligation, when you have a voice you have freedom, you have pride and you belong.

The program will focus on intergenerational wisdom told through light, installations, art, music, dance, performance and digital.

Wisdom passed to a new generation and expressed in new ways – under the desert skies, amongst an ancient landscape, from the heart of Australia.


Parrtjima is FREE to attend and registrations are now open for 2021. Visit the website to pre register your tickets for all details on pre-registering your tickets to guarantee your entry to this spectacular event and for further details about this years unique Festival.

Photo credit : Destination NT