2020 Parrtjima Program – Lifting Our Spirits

Parrtjima is back for 2020, and this year’s program is bursting with an incredible range of experiences for Alice Springs locals and visitors from 3 -12 April.

The festival will illuminate the Alice Springs Desert Park through to the Todd Mall, including two kilometres of the MacDonnell Ranges.

This year’s theme, Lifting Our Spirits, lifts the spirit from the work of the artists and transports it to the audience.

The free festival features an impressive array of Aboriginal artists and speakers, live music, storytelling, creative workshops, cabaret and film screenings.

Headlined by one of Australia’s most treasured performers, Archie Roach AM, the program features multi-award winner singer/songwriter Casey Donovan and Australian earth sound band OKA.

The artist line-up also includes award-winning Territory singer-songwriter Shellie Morris, Alice Springs musician Paul Ah Chee of AMUNDA fame, Arrernte performer and 2006 NAIDOC Artist of the Year Warren H Williams, the Southeast Desert Metal Band and hip hop duo Karnage n Darknis alongside DJ Jimblah.

The film program includes screenings of Maya Newell’s feature documentary In My Blood it Runs, which follows the experiences of a 10-year-old Arrernte boy in Alice Springs, and The Final Quarter, a confronting look at the experience of AFL footballer Adam Goodes after he called out racism.

Workshops include watercolour painting with artists from the acclaimed Namatjira School of Arts, spear making, dot painting and the Parrtjima Plate, where attendees will learn how to cook with bush foods. 

New for this year, the Deep Listening program includes a fascinating line-up of speakers including Kriol Kitchen presenter Mitch Torres, AFL legend and local Arrernte man, Greg McAdam.

To view the full program visit www.parrtjimaaustralia.com.au