Alice Springs is a destination that is finding new ways to light up. It started with the ‘Field of Light’ installation at Uluru, which continues to attract world-wide attention. Created by renowned international artist Bruce Munro, the solar powered installation features more than 50,000 slender stems topped with frosted-glass spheres placed on the desert sands, which deliver an unforgettable vision when they ‘flower’ into colour as darkness descends. It is his first work to be illuminated entirely by solar power. A wide range of packaged viewing options are available for conference
and incentive groups, with the display continuing until March 2018.
But that was joined by a new light spectacular last year when Parrtjima – A Festival in Light was staged at Alice Springs Desert Park over a 10 day period. Building on a successful launch, the festival was hosted again this year, with a group of 15 business event planners fortunate enough to participate in an exclusive escorted tour of the spectacular light festival which showcases the oldest continuous culture on earth using the latest technology. The group were part of the annual Alice Stampede famil, a joint initiative of the Alice Springs Convention Centre and the Northern Territory Convention Bureau, with the program incorporating stunning off-site dinner locations, cultural experiences and business forum sessions held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre. Scott Lovett, executive director, economic & industry development and regions with the NT Government, talked about the invaluable role played by business events in the NT and introduced a range of entrepreneurial speakers who spook about Alice Springs’ innovation, resourcefulness and community spirit.
Lyndon Frearson, managing director of technical consultancy firm Ekistica, talked about the innovative solutions required
to deal with the complex challenges of remote area infrastructure development. Following the business sessions, the group then travelled to the innovative Desert Knowledge Precinct, only 15 minutes from town, where Frearson conducted a tour showcasing some of the globally-recognised initiatives being undertaken.
Susan Ryman-Kiernan, managing director at Wise Connections, said exposure to local speakers at the business sessions was a “great idea.”
“Alice Springs provides such a great combination of things – it’s somewhere most people have never been, plus it’s a place with really unique activities, dinner venues and things you just can’t do anywhere else,” she said. “The ‘can do’ attitude of everyone in Alice is great too – just what we need as event managers.”