IlluminARTe Success

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IlluminARTe Success

Posted on: 03.05.2017

Picton once again hosted its biggest event with the third illuminARTe festival held on Saturday 29 April. Record crowds flocked to Picton for the day and stayed on to experience the digital projections onto landmark buildings during the evening.

Menangle Street was transformed with projections illuminating the buildings around Picton. 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 while a Pop Up Exhibition featured artists who contributed to the building projections. The streets were abuzz with markets, music and food, with an array of children’s entertainment at the RSL Memorial Park.

On the main stage there were live performances by local musicians throughout the day and into the evening including performances from Missy Lancaster and 2016 Voice Winner, Alfie Arcuri. Fire Dancers from the Leider Theatre, a Fire Breather and Street performers entertained spectators and diners as they soaked up the vibrant atmosphere.

A highlight of the evening was the Lantern Parade which formed part of the official opening where over 60 children paraded their handmade paper lanterns while Picton Strings played the River Song on the main stage.  

Mayor Judith Hannan was thrilled with the success of the Festival. “This is great for Wollondilly and shows just how much our community, towns and villages have to offer.  The event attracted thousands of tourists 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 partners and sponsors and I would like to thank them all for their contribution. I would also like to thank all the staff from Wollondilly Shire Council who worked tirelessly to bring this event together.”

Luke Johnson, General Manager said: “The festival was once again a great success with record crowds attending this year’s event. The building illuminations were spectacular, highlighting many of the historic buildings in Picton. The Market Stalls, Food Stalls, Art Exhibition, Lantern Parade, Family Fun Day are all part of the activities that attract residents and tourists to Picton. I would like to thank everyone involved in making this event a success.”

The night was capped off with a spectacular fireworks display over the Picton Township.

For more information on illuminARTe or upcoming Council events, contact Council’s Events Team on 4677 1100 or email