Lighten Up After Dark at the 2018 Glow Winter Arts Festival

GLOW Revive the Reef The winter night skies will shine with a spectacular world of light and colour in immersive outdoor installations in Malvern East’s beautifully historic Central Park. Returning for a fifth year, The Glow Winter Arts Festival will run from 16 – 19 August 2018.

The magic of larger than life installations; forests of colour; music of the trees; and giant neon letters can all be experienced in this night time free festival. “I’m delighted to invite residents and visitors to experience our wonderful Central Park in a new light,” said City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Steve Stefanopoulos. “Over four nights, we will transform the dark of winter into a wonderland of light and play.”

Award winning Mandylights will present Laser Garden – an immersive installation of thousands of rotating green laser beams. The rays catch the air in clouds of dense fog and with a lick of wind, the garden changes in shape and size as visitors roam freely through the beams.

Revive the Reef by S1T2 is a work that asks us to think about our precious environment and in particular, The Great Barrier Reef, a natural treasure unlike any other place on earth. Step into a magical underwater landscape and work with friends and strangers to unwind the pressures threatening the Reef. Together, you’ll transform a bleached white Reef into a kaleidoscope of colour and real Reef sounds.

Neon Glow and Neon Night Garden by Carla O’Brien is back brighter than ever as oversized multi-coloured neon GLOW letters, the neon Night Garden Archway, neon umbrellas, neon flamingo, the neon tree and the neon kite light up Malvern East.

Between the Trees by Melinda Hetzel & Co is part interactive tree-installation, part collaborative musical instrument, creating a magical world of plants, humans, music and light. Inspired by the connectivity of mycelium, ‘the internet of the forest’, this playful, immersive experience gently reminds us of our connectedness to the natural world and each other – inviting participants to ‘play’ the installation by interacting with suspended, miniature ecospheres, creating original compositions together in real time.

Anthropic Augmentation by Caroline Packham is a choreographed performance with four handheld projectors that explore an imagined future memoir of the Yarra River. The public are invited to participate by sending a letter/poem to this future humanised Yarra and a performance artist will facilitate letter/poetry writing at performance events.

The 2018 Glow Winter Arts Festival takes place in Central Park, Malvern East: 16 – 19 August. Entry is free. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Revive the Reef by S1T2 (supplied)