Parrtjima Outreach Program Shining a Light on Young Territorians

The work of young Territorians Larissa Vinca Bird, Amon Fry and Donovan Daniels will be showcased at this year’s Parrtjima – A Festival in Light as part of a new youth outreach program introduced to the 2020 event.

The Territory Labor Government partnered with the Alice Springs Public Library to deliver the Parrtjima Outreach Program over the summer school holidays.

Local youth were invited to produce creative designs for some of the Todd Mall lighting effects and staff t-shirts.

Sixteen-year-old Larissa Vinca Bird of Mulga Bore School and 12-year-old Amon Fry of Braitling School won the competition for designing the ‘The Gobo’ lighting effects in Todd Mall, while 12-year-old Papunya School student Donovan Daniels won the design competition for the Parrtjima staff t-shirt.

Each winner will receive an iPad prize pack valued at $973, donated by the Territory Labor Government, Alice Springs Public Library and AGB Events.

Alice Springs Town Council Mayor Damian Ryan said it was great to see how Parrtjima has grown over the years.

“Thanks to opportunities like this outreach program, this fantastic event has continued to evolve,” he said.

“The Alice Springs Town Council is proud of the collaborative support the library was able to offer to facilitate the outreach program.”

AGB Events CEO and Creative Director Anthony Bastic said involving the younger generation in the overall program is really exciting for both the participants and for us as curators.

“It not only highlights the depth of talent in Alice Springs but shows the potential for Parrtjima to continue to grow,” he said.

“Todd Mall will showcase amazing images from a really talented group of young people and I hope the families and community take great pride in seeing their hard work up in lights.”

Alice Springs will host Parrtjima from Friday 3 April to Sunday 12 April, and this year’s theme is ‘Lifting our Spirits’.

Parrtjima is the only authentic Aboriginal festival of its kind, showcasing the oldest continuous cultures on earth through the newest technology using state of the art lighting effects – all on a 300-million-year-old canvas in the desert.

To find out more information about Parrtjima – A Festival in Light, visit www.parrtjimaaustralia.com.au.