AN ANCIENT story will take flight at Uluru this May, with Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia to launch a sound and light show in the spiritual heart of the country.
The fully immersive show at Ayers Rock Resort will combine ancient Anangu storytelling with state-of-the-art, drone and laser light technology.
Designed and produced by world-renowned media architecture studio RAMUS, the Wintjiri Wiru experience will illuminate the Central Desert with a spectacle of lights, projections, and lasers, shining on the spinifex and mulga, connecting the earth and sky to offer an expansive experience of light and sound in the presence of Uluru.
More than 1,000 luminous drones will take flight each night to lift the ancient images to the sky. through choreography and visual artistry.
The show will bring to life a chapter of the Mala story, which sits between Kaltukatjara and Uluru, depicting aspects of the story accompanied by a narration in Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara languages, and a soundtrack with traditional inma recorded with members of the local Anangu community.
Voyages has consulted and collaborated closely with the Anangu custodians of this chapter of the Mala story to obtain approval to bring Wintjiri Wiru to life, ensuring that every level of the experience is shared with respect and in line with cultural protocols.
Visitors will be able to view the show on a platform built atop a desert dune with stunning panoramic views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta nestled on the horizon.
Voyages Chief Executive Officer Matthew Cameron-Smith said the company is honoured to be able to share the cultural importance of the Mala story with its guests.
“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,” he explained.
“We are delighted to be working with RAMUS through their light installations, projections, lasers and incredible drone technology, which coupled with the spine-tingling soundtrack of the Anangu inma, brings connection through a shared memorable experience.
“We hope the Wintjiri Wiru show will nourish visitors’ thirst for a deeper spiritual connection with this very special part of Australia.”