Until Sunday 23 July, Echuca Moama’s Horseshoe Lagoon has been transformed into a spectacular exhibition of light and sound as Moama Lights takes visitors on a powerful journey through the elements of air, fire, water and earth.
Created and produced by world-class design studio Mandylights, Moama Lights 2023 is split into seven zones as it guides event-goers through an interactive story which will showcase the wonders of the earth and the beauty of the bush.
Transported from the get-go, guests first cross the bridge into a theatrical sea of blue as they enter into the first of the elements, air, and are welcomed to Yorta Yorta land with an acknowledgement of country and narration of Spiritual Song of the Aborigine by Hyllus Noel Maris.
Visitors are then taken to a place beneath the southern skies, where a striking laser and light show will produce a winters night sky imitating Aurora Australis.
Transitioning from air to land, the trail leads guests to fire’s warming embrace with several bonfire light structures scattered throughout the scrub inviting sightseers to sit and stay as they listen to local bush stories, tales of droving and legends of the past.
Lightning and rain replace the warmth of the campfire as visitors head into the eye of the storm, brought to life by a soundscape of thunder, wind and rain. As always, the storm will subside, and the serene beauty of the Murray River will be revealed, emphasised through cascading light displays and enchanting soundtracks that reflect the community spirit of the region.
The grand finale showcases earth’s landscape as it gives rise to flourishing fauna and flora. With native animals designed and created by local school students, as well as huge inflatable flowers, the finale will immerse visitors in the magnificent beauty of the bush one last time.
In addition to the incredible state-of-the-art installations, this year’s event also features an outdoor ice-skating rink, the American Hotel beer garden, food trucks and kids’ entertainment. Those keen to get their skates on can do so at the Kerrabee Soundshell, just a stone’s throw away from Moama Lights.
With over 25,000 visitors in attendance last year, locals and travellers alike are encouraged to purchase tickets now to avoid missing out.
“We’re incredibly excited to welcome visitors to this year’s Moama Lights and look forward them experiencing the power of the earth’s elements,” said Murray River Council mayor Chris Bilkey.
“Through showcasing the elements, Moama Lights will celebrate the beauty and history of Echuca Moama using an innovative mix of lights, lasers, graphic projections and physical installations.”
Running until Sunday 23 July, Moama Lights will run from Thursday to Sunday, with tickets sold in sessions. For more information and to book tickets, visit: www.moamalights.com.au for details.
Image: Moama Lights – photo courtesy of Murray River Council
UPDATE: Due to the rising water levels in Horseshoe Lagoon – Murray River Council has had to make the unfortunate decision to cancel the Moama Lights component of the Moama Lights festival, effective Thursday 6 July 2023.