IlluminARTe Festival a Success

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IlluminARTe Festival a Success

Posted on: 10.05.2016

Picton hosted its second illuminARTe festival on Saturday 7 May. Approximately 25,000 flocked to Picton for the day and stayed on to experience the digital projections onto landmark buildings during the evening.

Menangle Street and Mary McKillop Lane was transformed with projections illuminating 7 buildings including The old Picton Post Office, the old NAB Building, John Digger Furniture Store, Picton Shire Hall, Wollondilly Shire Council, St Anthony’s Church and the School of Arts Building. The Evergreen Tree alongside the Wollondilly Shire hall was breathtaking with 3D imageries lighting up tree.  Picton Cenotaph and 6 other buildings were bathed in coloured lights with interactive lighting installations. Led by Khaled Sabsabi, renowned digital artist, a number of local artists and students from Wollondilly Anglican College worked to make the project extraordinary.

The Wollondilly Arts Group kicked off the festival with the opening of an art exhibition in the Wollondilly Shire Hall. The streets were alive with markets, music and food, with family fun at the RSL Memorial Park. This year there were 107 stalls, with 11 charities and community groups also holding exhibits at the Festival.

On the main stage the event was brought alive with live performances by local musicians throughout the day and into the evening thanks to sponsor Governors Hill. There were 6 street performers who entertained spectators and diners as they soaked up the vibrant atmosphere.

A highlight of the evening was the Bradcorp Community Partnerships Lantern Parade. Tracy Luff conducted workshops leading up to the event, with approximately 80 children and adults participating in the Lantern Workshops to make their own lanterns and join in the display. The spectacular white waratah was the centrepiece for the procession.

Mayor Cr Simon Landow was thrilled with the success of the Festival.

“Events like this are great for Wollondilly and show just how much Wollondilly has to offer.  The vibe throughout the day and into the evening was wonderful with locals and tourists enjoying the atmosphere. The event attracted thousands to Wollondilly, and the collaboration and teamwork of volunteers, local businesses, community groups and sponsors has once again done our community proud.”

“This event was supported by a number of sponsors including Southern Tablelands Arts, Picton Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Wollondilly Arts Group, Our Premier Partner - BradCorp Community Partnership Fund, C91.3 & Channel 9, Governors Hill, The Advertiser and The District Reporter.

“I would like to thank all the staff from Wollondilly Shire Council who worked tirelessly to bring this event together.”

For more information on illuminARTe or upcoming Council events, contact Council’s Community Projects Officer – Events, on 4677 9105 or email