Featuring a menagerie of dazzling lights, lasers and projections, guests of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia’s Ayres Rock Resort properties can now enjoy an immersive look into the ancient Mala cultural story through the spectacular Wintjiri Wiru light show, which premiered this week.
The spellbinding production has been designed and produced over several years by media architecture studio Ramus, in collaboration with 10 Anangu elders.
Incorporating more than one thousand coordinated and choreographed drones timed to music and laser lights, Wintjiri Wiru retells a chapter of Mala history through narration in Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara languages, backed by traditional inma music recorded by the local Anangu community.
There are two performances each night, one during the nightly Sunset Dinner experience which features a selection of gourmet canapes and cocktails followed by hot and cold dishes paired with premium Australian wines, utilising native Australian produce.
The menu has been designed by Indigenous chef Mark Olive, known for his outback cooking shows ‘The Outback Café’ and ‘Our Country Kitchen, in partnership with Ayres Rock Resort chefs.
The Wintjiri Wiru Sunset Dinner experience includes return resort transfers and is priced at AUD$385 per person, while the 1.5-hour ‘After Dark’ show is priced at $190 per person and includes wattleseed caramel popcorn alongside a variety of gelato flavours.
For the show itself, audiences are positioned on a purpose-built ‘floating’ platform above the desert with views back to Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
Anangu Consultation Group spokesperson, Rene Kulitja, said Anangu is one of the oldest continuing cultures on earth.
“This chapter of the Mala story has been passed to us from generation to generation,” Kulitja said.
“Our ancestors walked this Country, carried this story and shared this story through inma, our songs and our ceremonies.
“We have held hands with Voyages to create Wintjiri Wiru together. From the beginning, Voyages has been working together with the Anangu Working Group - talking together, listening together and creating together.
“We are looking forward and have created Wintjiri Wiru for the next generation, for our grandchildren.”
Voyages CEO Matthew Cameron-Smith said he was honoured to be able to share the cultural importance of the Mala story with guests through such a captivating medium.
“As custodians of the land and this part of the Mala story, the Anangu consultation group has carefully guided us on the Wintjiri Wiru experience, from conception to launch, to generously share their story with the world.”
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