Grounded Installation at Parrtjima Festival

Ended — at Alice Springs Desert Park

Parrtjima is the meeting place where old meets new. It is the only authentic Aboriginal light festival of it’s kind, showcasing the oldest continuous culture on earth through the newest technology – all on the 300-million-year-old natural canvas of the MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia.

Grounded is one of the signature installations at this year’s festival featuring the work of Ikuntji Artist Noreen Dixon.

It is a fully immersive experience as you wander through a beautiful animated sequence of curated artworks projected on to the red sands of Alice Springs Desert Park, experiencing the stories, symbols and knowledge of Arrernte people.

Creating a giant, seamless canvas on Country, you might be tempted to let sand trickle through your hands to discover how each of the artworks, by Noreen and other artists from different art centres from the Central Desert region, are brought to life.

This year’s theme is Listening with Heart and embodies the concept of coming together to celebrate, contemplate, reflect and heal. Listening with Heart is inspired by the artwork surrounding the Statement from the Heart, created by artists from Multijulu, led by Maruku artist Rene Kulitja. It depicts Uluru-Ku Tjukurrpa (The Uluru Story). Watch the desert come alive with new artworks, light shows and a program of
performances, interactive workshops, music, films and talks.

Visitors are invited to step in and become a piece of the art, while being immersed in the atmospheric soundscape.

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Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Desert Park
Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs NT 0871

Parrtjima - A festival in light