It’s time to lighten up at IlluminARTe festival

Families will fill the streets of Picton for a spectacular day of light and music on Saturday, April 29.

Picton will come alive during the Wollondilly IlluminARTe Festival and the shire is buzzing with anticipation for the big event.

The festival will run from noon to 9pm at Menangle Street and surrounding streets.

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 one of the highlights of the festival would be seeing artworks projected on Picton’s famous buildings.

“Eleven local artists’ work will be projected onto the buildings and locals will see two or three images from each artist,” he said.

“Artworks from Wollondilly Anglican College students will also be displayed on the buildings.

“The festival showcases Wollondilly artists’ talent and it is real community event.

“This year it is also important to help Picton businesses rebuild following the devastating storm in June last year.”

Locals who walk along the streets will likely come across a fire breather, a 13-year-old contortionist and an 8-year-old ukulele player, all performing between 3pm and 6pm.

The main festival stage will have Picton High School students performing from 12pm with Wollondilly Anglican College students taking over at 1pm.

Rani’s Fire will be on stage from 2pm followed by Picton Strings at 3pm. Alfie Acruri and Missy Lancaster will be on at 4pm and 5pm respectively.

The lantern parade and official opening will start at 6pm shortly followed by the L.E.D Hula Hoop Performance at 6.15pm.

For a special treat, 14 Lieder Theatre fire dancers will entertain crowds with fire twirling, slit walking and fire hoops out the front of the Wollondilly Shire Hall at 7pm.

“The fire performers will add to the diversity and excitement of the night and will show a different light element,” Mr Moran said.

At 7.10pm But For Grace will perform and the night will be capped off with a fireworks spectacular over Picton from the Mushroom Tunnel hill.

“The fireworks will cap off a night of colour and lights,” he said.

Mr Moran said there would be 110 market stalls for locals to peruse, which is more than last year.

There will also be an interactive model of a brain called Brainlight in the shire hall. Locals can put on electrode pads and the brain will light up showing the users’ thoughts and emotions.

Mr Moran said there were also several activities and entertainment for families at the Memorial Park.

The family fun day will include entertainment from The Bloc Bargo at 2pm, at 3pm the Beanies will perform, STADS will be on at 3.30pm and Imagin Arta Puppet Show will delight crowds from 4pm.

Former yellow Wiggle Sam Moran will perform at 5pm and Jemma Beech will be on at 6.05pm. She will be followed by Demage at 7pm capped off by Ayden Reeves at 8pm.

Mr Moran also encouraged locals to visit the art exhibition housed in Wollondilly Shire Hall.

A pop up market will be held in Colden Street with artists who feature in the projections selling and talking about their work.

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