Locals and visitors converged in Picton for a night full of light, colour and entertainment.
The IlluminARTe Festival was held on Saturday, April 29 and mayor Judith Hannan deemed the night a “great success”.
Local artists were celebrated when their work was projected onto the town’s iconic buildings.
The colourful animated displays had many trying to snap a picture.
Renowned digital artist Khaled Sabsabi, several local artists and students from Wollondilly Anglican College worked to make the project extraordinary.
Wollondilly mayor Judith Hannan said the festival was a fantastic event for the shire.
“IlluminARTe shows just how much our community, towns and villages have to offer,” she said. “The event attracted thousands of tourists to Wollondilly and the collaboration and teamwork of volunteers, local businesses, community groups and sponsors have once again done our community proud.”
Council general manager Luke Johnson said the festival was once again a great success with record crowds attending the event.
The Wollondilly Arts Group kicked off the festival with the opening of an art exhibition in the Wollondilly Shire Hall while a pop up exhibition featured artists who contributed to the building projections.
The day was filled with entertainment on the main stage and in the RSL Memorial Park. Alfie Arcuri, Missy Lancaster, Jemma Beech and many more entertained parents and children throughout the day.
Many picked up eclectic treasures in the shops or market stalls.
Some were lucky to catch a glimpse of gymnast and contortionist Hophnie Noblett, a ukulele player and a fire breather. Fire dancers from the Leider Theatre wowed crowds with their performance.
Many ate an array of cuisines and soaked up the vibrant atmosphere.
As night fell the old Picton Post Office, the old NAB Building, John Digger Furniture Store, St Anthony’s Church, Wollondilly Shire Hall and trees outside Wollondilly Council building were illuminated with changing colourful designs.
Hundreds waved to crowds as they walked in the lantern parade. Adults and children proudly showed off their handcrafted designs.
Cr Hannan said she enjoyed seeing the rings of plant Jupiter through a telescope courtesy of the Macarthur Astrological Society near St Mark’s Anglican Church.
As the night drew to a close fireworks exploded over Picton – a fitting end to a great celebration.