Countdown Begins for illuminARTe Festival 2016

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Countdown Begins for illuminARTe Festival 2016

Posted on: 20.04.2016

With less than 3 weeks to go, Wollondilly is vibrant with anticipation for the illuminARTe Festival in Picton. On Saturday 7 May, from 12 noon to 9pm, the streets will buzz with market stalls, music, art, and the Bradcorp Lantern Parade. Illuminated buildings will transform the town as day turns to evening.

The old Picton Post Office, the old NAB Building, John Digger Furniture Store, Wollondilly Shire Council, St Anthony’s Church and the Picton Town Square Building are all set to be lit up with themed projections, while other buildings and the Picton Cenotaph will be bathed in coloured lights.

Menangle Street will host a number of market stalls, with a mixture of eclectic treasures, trinkets, art works, and food and wine traders.  With a local theme, small scale providores, artists and businesses will trade until 9pm. Live entertainment at the Governors Hill Music Stage will add to the atmosphere from midday and continues through the night with performances from local bands, soloists, groups and buskers as well as a special guest performance from Liam Maihi, a top four finalist on Channel 9’s hit show “The Voice”. 

Guided Historical Walks in Picton – Take a stroll through historic Picton and see the past for yourself. *Bookings are essential* please contact Wollondilly Visitors Information Centre on 4677 8313 to register.

A family fun day will be held at Picton RSL Park, in conjunction with the Picton Chamber of Commerce.  From midday – 9pm, families will enjoy a raft of activities including a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and fairy floss with Cartoons showing on a blow up screen from 6pm.

Local food retailers will provide outdoor dining, with businesses throughout the town extending their trading hours until 9pm.  Restaurants and cafés can bring tables and chairs out onto the footpath to add to the radiant street fair atmosphere. Many local businesses will also take part with bright and decorative window displays to celebrate the festival.

As night falls, children and adults proudly march in the Bradcorp Lantern Parade with paper lanterns they have made in workshops and master classes captivating the audience with their creations. 

The finale is the Bradcorp family friendly fireworks spectacular over the historic town capping off a night of colour, light and creativity.

For more information, contact Kym Buck, Community Project Officer - Events on 4677 9505, or email