Glow Winter Arts Festival

Stonnington GWAF Enchanted by James VollerThe winter darkness will be spectacularly illuminated across the City of Stonnington as the Glow Winter Arts Festival will light up the municipalities most iconic venues and public spaces like never before with glowing neon installations, architectural projections and larger than life illuminations from tonight until 20 August 2017.

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. See buildings transform before your eyes, discover luminous butterflies on light posts, find glowing giant flowers and colossal mushrooms, journey through an enchanted village, discover multi-coloured and oversized neon Glow letters in corners, parks and gardens across Stonnington plus much more.

“This is an opportunity to discover our City in new ways,” says City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Jami Klisaris. “From our bustling streets of Chapel and Greville Streets to our magnificent gardens and heritage buildings remade with illuminations. Wander and discover the magical whimsy of these beautiful pieces.”

Award-winning Melbourne based, lighting and visual design firm, Mandylights, will transform Central Park with Alice’s Garden. Ginormous flowers will bloom in fading, flickering rainbows, larger than life mushrooms will loom and little sprouts, not yet grown, will cover the landscape with trills of colour running between them.

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

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. 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 <<Guerilla Opera>>.

James Voller’s Enchanted will spring you into a new imaginative world where you can interact with familiar places under a new light and 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.

The 2017 Glow Winter Arts Festival continues to 20 August 2017. For more information and full program, visit: www.glowfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Enchanted by James Voller

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