Learn like a local at Parrtjima

Mel is on a long weekend in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory – which is closer and easier to get to than you think! Here she checks out Parrtjima, a Festival in Light which will illuminate Alice Springs from April 5 – 14, 2019.

‘Learn like a Local’ focuses on the best of the Parrtjima Knowledge Program which brings together the stories, sounds and rhythms of Central Australia – home of the Arrernte of Mparntwe – through music performances, dance, creative workshops, film, and interactive talks across both event precincts. At the festival Mel takes part in a bush tucker workshop and also a language class, learning the local dialect of the Arrernte people.

Did you know, pronounced ‘par-chee-ma’, Parrtjima means ‘lighting up’ and conveys two meanings: The physical ‘lighting up’ of an object, and also in the context of ‘lighting up’ with meaning or understanding, to shed light on a subject. ‘Parrt’ means ‘no idea’ or ‘no understanding’, while ‘Parrtjima’ is the imparting of meaning and understanding.

Illuminating 2.5 kilometres of the epic MacDonnell Ranges and spilling into Alice Springs Desert Park, Parrtjima provides a breathtaking outdoor gallery experience presenting local artwork, culture and stories, with interactive installations the whole family can enjoy.

Parrrtjima showcases the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology on a 300-million-year-old natural canvas. And at the Festival Hub you too can take part in the many workshops and talks on offer every night, and enjoy live music, art and cultural performances. This spectacular free public event will be held in the hub of the Red Centre over 10 nights. You won’t want to miss it!