Partyeme is continuing to talk to impoverished Arrernte people and …

Comment on Parrtjima to cost $2m, half will go interstate by Respect NoT.

Partyeme is continuing to talk to impoverished Arrernte people and I guess basically bribe them into breaking cultural protocols.
Another meeting today with Arrernte people but no Apmereke-artweye or Kwetungurle present. No traditional custodians for the site are being consulted. This is so wrong.

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Parrtjima to cost $2m, half will go interstate
Last year traditional owners, Apmereke artweye, were left feeling disrespected and insulted by inadequate consultation.
This year it seems they are once again being ignored and partyeme are talking to any one but the correct people. How can this be an authentic indigenous light show when important Arrernte protocols are ignored?


Parrtjima to cost $2m, half will go interstate
Mr Gunner says what the territory needs is jobs and investment. Then he goes and invests millions of dollars in Sydney. Why do we need a Sydney company to display, celebrate or describe the unique and diverse culture of Central Australia?
Alice Springs is blessed with a vibrant and multi talented community. We have the technicians, artists, tradies, performers, musicians, and imagineers to create our own world class event.
Imagine what we could achieve given five years of unprecedented funding investment for the arts in our own community instead of sending half this money to Sydney and putting all the management into east coast strangers’ hands.
I can see a festival that engages all of our community, brings us together to work and celebrate our unique cultural environment.
Our arts community would be revitalised, there would be jobs for locals artists tradies technicians etc, we could build and extend our skills and acquire new tools and equipment that would stay in the community.
Our school children could be engaged in a long term community building process that grows year on year.
We can tell our own story and celebrate our unique environment and culture to the world, we don’t have to pay Sydney to do it for us.
What will be left behind after Partyeme goes back to Sydney? Nothing but a few shadowy memories of lights on the hill.


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