Parrtjima 2021... Curator Rhoda Roberts and lighting Director Giles Westley share their excitement about this years festival.

15th Apr 2021

“Parrtjima means shedding both light and understanding, but it’s much more. It’s the generosity and spirit of a peoples who have and always will care for country and for the many travellers who visit this timeless land.” Parrtjima Curator Rhoda Roberts AO

A Widjabul Wiyebal woman from the Bundjalung territories, Rhoda Roberts AO is Curator for Parrtjima – A Festival in Light. As an experienced, motivated and versatile arts executive, Rhoda has a diverse range of international and national experience with commercial, community and non-profit organisations. A practicing weaver, actor, independent producer and director, she continues to work as a consultant across diverse disciplines and is a sought-after speaker and performer in theatre, film, television and radio. The first Aboriginal Australian to host a prime-time current affairs program (Vox Populi on SBS), Rhoda’s Deadly Voices podcasts continue her work in broadcast, including two decades on radio show Deadly Sounds (1992-2012).


Giles Westley is Australia’s leading large scale lighting projection artist.

With over 21 years experience in creative story telling, lighting, imagery and graphic design, Giles has a unique set of skills that combine the artistic, technical and human side of telling stories that connect to large audiences on the global stage.

Using visual symbolism, metaphor, and sound, Giles specialises in telling stories that cross cultural and language divides, bringing unity of understanding to each of his projects.