The full 2021 program has been announced for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, which takes place between 9 and 18 April in the cultural heart of Australia, Alice Springs.

Now in its sixth year, the iconic free event will include a new show that is scheduled for the MacDonnell Ranges, with large-scale light installations, artworks, performances, interactive workshops, music, films and talks woven in as part of the 2021 theme ‘Future Kultcha’. Event attendees can also hear from a range of critically-acclaimed speakers, including Bruce Pascoe, artists Jungala Kriss and Raymond Walters Japanangka, and Professor Marcia Langton AM. The music program will feature previously announced acts, Electric Fields and Casey Donovan, plus an all-star line up of Australian artists including Miiesha, MusicNT’s Divas, Jimblah, Bow and Arrow, Dobby, OKA, Ziggy Ramo and Shellie Morris.

Other 2021 program highlights include a fabric and textiles workshop hosted by National Indigenous Fashion Awards Director Nina Fitzgerald, bush food tastings, a wooden carvings masterclass, painting workshops and metal sculpture workshops. Events will take place across three precincts with the Araluen Arts Centre hosting parts of the 2021 program along with Alice Springs Desert Park and Todd Mall. Children’s activities and live music provided by local DJs will feature on the nightly program, and the Araluen Arts Centre will host a film program and Araluen curator tours. Films include 1950s classic Jedda, coming-of-age comedy Bran Nue Dae featuring Jessica Mauboy and Aboriginal Rules, a documentary on the role Aussie Rules plays in a remote Territory community.

Click here for more information and to register for the Desert Park festival site and Araluen Arts Centre program elements.