Illuminate throws a light on Eltham

Published on 09 August 2022

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Illuminate Eltham is a celebration of the night with a jam-packed program of light installations, workshops, silent discos and free activities for the whole family.

Come and explore Eltham Town Centre as we light up the night with light-based installations from local artists.

Each evening at dusk until 23 September, Eltham Town Square will come alive with ambient lighting installations featuring light boxes and shadow lanterns to explore.

Lanterns will be scattered throughout the Town Square illuminating bushes and buildings, pathways and pavement, based on designs produced by nine local artists: Clare Dwyer, Amanda Grant, Deborah Bowen, Penelope Aitken, Cate Laidler, Louise Muller, Miranda Burton, Tania Lucas, and Nusra Latif Qureshi.

Nillumbik Mayor, Cr Frances Eyre said that Illuminate Eltham was a response to the need to activate the Eltham Town Centre and help stimulate night time trading.

“Council's Economic Development Strategy 2020-2030 identifies the need to activate empty tenancies and stimulate the local night time economy through activation,” Cr Eyre said.

“Art-based activations are a fantastic way to enliven places, augment the shopping experience, strengthen local identity and increase visitation and the time people want to spend there.”

“It’s also great free fun for the entire family!”

Commencing on Friday 12 August for six weeks, there will be an ongoing program of free activities.

Friday 12 August - opening night from 5pm
Glow golf, local DJ, roving entertainment

Saturday 13 and 20 August - 11am to 2pm
Free community lantern making workshop

Friday 9 September - from 5pm
‘Spring Moon’ celebrating the seasonal light shift from winter with illuminated trees and an accompanying soundscape composed especially for this event from local composer Aiv Puglielli.

Friday 26 August, Friday 2 September, Thursday 8 September, Friday 16 September
Every week join in the FREE Silent Disco, 5pm to 7pm. Come along and dance like nobody is watching!

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Illuminate Eltham is partly funded by the State Government of Victoria’s ‘COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund’.