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Parrtjima 2021 Dates Confirmed

The sights and sounds of Parrtjima – a 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 Festival will return to the Red Centre in 2021 from 9 -18 April.

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.

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

Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Hospitality and Minister for Major Events, Natasha Fyles:

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

“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.

“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.

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

Media Contact: Hannah West 0436 641 108