Parrtjima Pulls Near Record Crowds To Alice Springs

NT Government

Parrtjima – A festival in light has wrapped up for 2024 after once again lighting up Alice Springs in all its glory.

The iconic Territory tourism drawcard delivered unforgettable experiences and attracted extraordinary crowds, marking its second-biggest opening weekend ever with over 8000 attendances.

Across the annual 10-night event 21,363 attendances were attracted to Alice Springs Desert Park, all coming to witness the magic amidst the ancient MacDonnell Ranges.

Over 80 First Nations artists contributed to Parrtjima this year, including DJs, performers, speakers, and workshop facilitators. Additionally, 20 businesses participated in market stalls organised by Desart and Northern Territory Indigenous Business Network’s Buy Blak Market.

Furthermore, the festival marked a significant milestone in community collaboration as the local indigenous workforce partnered with Stride, a local supported employment business, to focus on upskilling indigenous men in land management and event skills.

The Territory Labor Government is also continuing to invest in the growth of our tourism and major events industries with more than $100 million to be invested in Budget 2024.

This year’s festival included a number of firsts, including the unforgettable theatrical experience of Arelhe Urrperle, a six-metre tall, 600kg, illuminated puppet representing the matriarchs and knowledge holders in Aboriginal cultures.

Quotes attributed to Minister for Major Events, Brent Potter:

“The Territory’s annual light festival is one of a kind, it brings together the world’s oldest cultures, historic natural features and cutting edge technology.

“I am not surprised Parrtjima 2024 was a major success, with new draw cards building on the already full festival line up, like light art installation The Arrernte, it would have been hard to stay away.

“Aside from the immersive installations, Parrtjima is a festival which makes meaningful and positive impacts on Central Australian Communities, and the economy.”

Quotes attributed to Northern Territory Major Events CEO, Suzana Bishop:

“Importantly, too, we also saw how a festival like this can have a positive impact on a local community and support social cohesion.”

“Visitors told us they felt incredibly inspired and welcomed, and we’re thrilled that the festival brought so many people together from not only the Territory, but Australia and the world.”

Northern Territory Government

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