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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Parrtjima festival sets NT alight

The sights and sounds of Parrtjima – the Northern Territory’s 10-day ‘Festival in Light’ experience kicked-off last night with Minister for Tourism, Hospitality and Major Events, Natasha Fyles announcing the 2021 dates.

The Minister said the popular festival would be set to return to the Red Centre in 2021 from 9 -18 April.

“Parrtjima celebrates the Territory’s ancient and fascinating Aboriginal heritage in exciting ways that attract new audiences,” said Ms Fyles.

“It is fantastic this event has been able to go ahead with careful health and safety planning, having been rescheduled due to COVID-19 earlier this year.”

The 2020 program commenced with a moving opening ceremony and Welcome to Country at Alice Springs Desert Park, and the Todd Mall program commenced with music by Stuart Nuggett, the first of the Deep Listening talks with broadcast journalist Tracey Holmes and a showing of the film Babakiueria.  

Each year Parrtjima draws people to the Red Centre for what has proven to be an enchanting visitor experience and provides a boost for the local economy.

“It is an event that brings a welcome boost to the economy, as thousands of locals and visitors use it as an opportunity to venture out at night and enjoy Red Centre dining and entertainment,” said Minister Fyles.

“This is the fifth successful Parrtjima event, and I’m pleased to announce the 2021 dates for April next year for a sixth outing.”

This year’s Parrtjima runs from 11-20 September after being rescheduled from 3-12 April 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions. 

Visitors must register online to attend this year. For more information visit www.parrtjimaustralia.com.au

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