Wollondilly’s IlluminARTe Festival will be back again this year and there are new activities and entertainment to make the event the best one yet.
The IlluminARTe Festival will run from noon to 9pm at Menangle Street, Picton on Saturday April 29.
There will be building projections, performing arts, market stalls, a music festival, street musicians and buskers, kids entertainment, a lantern parade and a fireworks display.
Wollondilly Council’s community projects and events team leader Rob Moran said the new activities would add to the light spectacular of the festival.
“The Lieder Theatre performers from Goulburn will send 14 fire dancers to entertain crowds with fire twirling, slit walking and fire hoops out the front of the Wollondilly Shire Hall at 7pm,” he said.
“The fire performers will add to the diversity and excitement of the night and will show a different light element.”
There will also be an interactive model of a brain called Brainlight. Locals can put on electrode pads and the brain will light up showing the users’ thoughts and emotions.
“Everybody has a unique “neural signature” and Brainlight’s live colourful visualisation is different for every user,” Mr Moran said.
“As the participant views the colours on the Brainlight, their own brain waves change in response to external stimulus.
“Some can even start to gain control over their mind, setting up a feedback loop of response, reaction, observation and response.”
Mr Moran encouraged festival-goers to try out the experience in the supper room of the shire hall because of the “novelty” factor.
“This activity is unique and something you might see at Vivid,” he said.
There will also be a fire breather busking, a 13-year-old contortionist and an eight-year-old ukulele player all performing from 3pm to 6pm.
Children’s entertainment will run from 2pm until 9pm in the RSL Park.