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Listen to stories

During my travels in Alice Springs my friends and I were able to experience the Festival in Light- Parrtjima. The festival is held once a year and allows visitors to listen to Aboriginal stories and view artwork which is brought to life under the night sky.

One particular story that has stayed with me is that of the caterpillars. At the festival three largely lit caterpillars were the centre of focus and we learned about the Yeperenye (Caterpillar) Dreamtime story. Aboriginal stories are based on animals and creatures whom created the land, making them sacred to aboriginal culture. The caterpillars are said to have been the main forces in the creation of Alice Springs, having risen from the ground and created the west MacDonnell Ranges, thus they are extremely sacred and symbolic.

The Festival in Light was incredibly interactive, allowing visitors to choose a new colour scheme for the light show on the mountainside which made the event even more memorable.

 

 

 

Katy, Melbourne

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