A Winter Arts Festival will illuminate Melbourne next month

Melbourne is hosting a winter arts festival over ten nights in August, bringing lights and colour to the winter darkness of Stonnington. As the sun sets each night from the 10 – 20 August, the iconic venues and public spaces around the city of Stonnington will illuminate for this year’s Glow Winter Arts Festival.

Each night, the festivities invite audiences to an enthralling experience of glowing neon installations, architectural projections and larger than life illuminations. There will be illuminous butterflies on light posts, glowing giant flowers and colossal mushrooms to explore.

Take a journey through an enchanted village, discover multi-coloured and oversized neon Glow letters in corners, parks and gardens across Stonnington.

Now in its fourth year, the festival will kick off with a spectacular opening night unveiling new commissioned works for the Festival and works never before seen in Victoria.

“This is an opportunity to discover our City in new ways. From our bustling streets of Chapel and Greville Streets to our magnificent gardens and heritage buildings remade with illuminations,” The City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Jami Klisaris said.

“Wander and discover the magical whimsy of these beautiful pieces.”

Central Park will transform into Alice’s Garden with ginormous blooming flowers, flickering rainbows, colossal looming mushrooms and fields of little sprouts covering the landscape with vibrant colours. The garden is the creation of award-winning Melbourne based, lighting and visual design firm, Mandylights.

Dislocate will perform If These Walls Could Talk…?, an intricate mesh of slapstick theatre, astonishing circus skills and powerful story-telling.

Projection artists Nick Azidis and Rose Staff are set to work their magic, transforming historic buildings into a whimsical wonderland of light projections with Wonderlight.

Emerging opera company BK Opera strip away the usual pomp and circumstance of this timeless art form to reveal the raw emotion at the heart of their performance.

The Centre (for) Projection Art travel south to light up the nooks and crannies of Greville Street while Sowinski/Cullen and Associates’ Untitled will challenge traditional notions of light, allowing us to re-think how we interact with objects in public and private spaces.

James Voller’s Enchanted will create a new imaginative world where audiences can interact with familiar places under a new light. Carla O’Brien’s work, Neon Glow, will see giant ‘Glow’ letters finding homes around Stonnington.

Advice From a Butterfly by Skunk Control sees a kaleidoscope of butterflies making the light posts of Stonnington their pulpit, whispering advice to passers-by.

For the full program details and to book head to glowfestival.com.au

images provided by Glow Festival