Parrtjima – a Festival in Light is magical. Just imagine being under the starry Mparntwe Alice Springs sky watching large scale installations of Aboriginal art lit up against the 300-million-year-old MacDonnell Ranges.  These are the ranges you see while riding camels at Pyndan Camel Tracks.

The MacDonnell Ranges glow with Parrtjima. Image: Tourism NT

Parrtjima runs for 10 nights in April each year. It’s held at the Alice Springs Desert Park a destination in itself for spotting the flora and fauna of Central Australia.

As well as the large scale installations, there’s other art and craft, and music, talks, workshops and films. And pop-up food stalls.

The annual festival runs over ten nights with light installations from Aboriginal artists set against the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. Image: Tourism NT/Mark Fitzpatrick

Parrtjima is free, but register to attend.  There’s no parking at the venue but easy to get to using the Park’n’Ride shuttle service.

For more details and galleries of previous years’ installations, see Partjima’s web page.

Image: Tourism NT

Feature image of person sitting in circular light installation: NT Major Events/James Horan