Mparntwe’s (Alice Springs) unique and visually spectacular Aboriginal light festival, Parrtjima is coming to Melbourne for the first time to light-up Fed Square with its transformative art installations.

Running from Friday March 10 to Saturday the 11th, Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, will present its Grounded installation – transforming Indigenous artworks and stories into a large-scale animated sequence that is projected onto the ground, accompanied by an immersive soundscape.

The soundscapes were composed by Damian Robinson, Wicked Beat Sound System and Rhyan Clapham, aka DOBBY.

The Grounded activation will feature the work of 12 First Nations artists who have participated in Parrtjima from a range of art centres.

Artists include Sharon Alice, Marina Pumani Brown, Anne Dixon, Hannah Nungarrayi, Serena Hayes, Annette Nungala, Roseanna Larry, Mary James, June Smith, Corban Clause Williams, Cassaria Young Hogan, and Isaac Girrabul.

Director of Cultural Engagement for Parrtjima, Paul Ah Chee says he is delighted Melburnians will be able to get a teaser of what Parrtjima has to offer and hopes it will get people in the cities out to the Red Centre between April 7 – 16, for 10-nights of free celebrations.

“It’s very important that we drive visitation into the Northern Territory, because that’s what we put events on for, to show the liveability, showcase our culture, and our beautiful landscape.”

Paul Ah Chee:

For more information on the Grounded installation at Fed Square, running from March 10-11 evenings, visit here

For more information on Parrtjima, visit here