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Red Centre Ready for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2019

Alice Springs Desert Park and Todd Mall is set to host thousands of national and international visitors over the next 10 days, with Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2019 officially opening tonight.

In its fourth year, the free annual event runs from Friday, 5 April to Sunday, 14 April and allows locals and tourists alike to enjoy an exciting program of stunning artworks, large scale light installations, workshops, talks, talks, films and live music.

For the first time, Parrtjima – A Festival in Light is being held in April, and will be visited by thousands of people, extending the tourist season and providing a boost to the economy. 

New installations crafted around the 2019 festival theme of ‘Language Expressions’ are expected to draw large crowds across both festival precincts, and include an oversized maze, an illuminated tunnel, large handcrafted sculptures and much more.

Internationally-acclaimed Australian hip hop artist Baker Boy and Australian singer-songwriter Moju Juju will also feature in this year’s Parrtjima festival as part of the entertaining live music program.

Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to soak up the stories, sounds and rhythms of Central Australia through talks, workshops, music and films included in the Knowledge Program, back again in 2019 following its popularity in 2018.

Members of the public are invited to attend Todd Mall tonight from 7pm for the official opening of the CBD precinct, before the Alice Springs Desert Park precinct is officially opened at 8pm.

To find out more information about Parrtjima – A Festival in Light 2019, visit

Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture Lauren Moss:

“Parrtjima – A Festival in Light has staked its claim as Australia’s only First Nations light festival and 2019’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever.

“Parrtjima is growing in both size and reputation, with a 35 per cent increase in visitor numbers last year.  We expect an even bigger turn-out this year. 

“Through the Government’s Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package we have extended the event into the Todd Mall which has seen significant flow on benefits to local restaurants, bars, cafes and retail shops with thousands of people in town throughout the ten days of the Festival.

“The Territory Government is investing in events and festivals like Parrtjima because it gives people even more reasons to visit, injecting more money into the economy, including during traditionally quieter periods, supporting thousands of local businesses and jobs.”


Media Contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242