Shepparton’s first White Night a huge success

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Lighting the night: Wonder Above-Genius Laser Technology Art Installation in Welsford St, Shepparton. Photo by Rechelle Zammit

More than 30,000 people enjoyed the spectacle of White Night in Shepparton on Saturday night.

The Victorian Government event spread along Welsford St, Shepparton, where people watched a projection called Star Dreaming, a journey through 80,000 years of First Nations stargazing.

Live music: Musicians perform on the Culture Stage at White Night Shepparton. Photo by Rechelle Zammit

A maze of lasers created Wonder Above, a canopy of light that led people past the water treatment plant, which was illuminated with the story of the inherent power of water.

A performance stage overlooked the culture kitchen, a row of stall with food from the Pacific Islands, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake was a maze of performances and visual art and the strong sense of Indigenous culture and connection flowed through the projections and illuminations.

Other worldly: Star Dreaming, an art installation created by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi, Scott James Towney, Alick Tipoti, James Henry and Accolade Art. Photo by Rechelle Zammit

Bands played at the skate park which was turned into a Beat Bowl, with patrons dancing amid the projections on the concrete.

By far the most popular attraction was the Crepescular Beam which took up residence on the grassy knoll on the western side of the lake.

Beat Bowl: Artists perform while the skate park is filled with light. Photo by Rechelle Zammit

The installation designed by Paul Collison and Russell Goldsmith allowed people to gather on the knoll and be bathed in rays of light from the sky of the crepuscular hours that lead to the nocturnal.

The Crepuscular Beam’s light reaches for kilometres into the dark night sky, accompanied by an emotive soundtrack built from sounds recorded by the NASA Voyager mission.

Standing tall: A projection on the water tower in Welsford St, Shepparton. Photo by Rechelle Zammit

“It was an unbelievable spectacle,” City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Shane Sali said.

Choose to Love: Mimi Leung’s instillation was projected on the side of the Shepparton Art Museum. Photo by Rechelle Zammit

“To have illuminate and now this it has been just a fantastic few months for the city, it shows what a great events city we are and why we should also have events during the Commonwealth Games.”

Floating: Lotus flowers illuminated on Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake. Photo by Rechelle Zammit
Bear In The Woods: Bruce Armstrong’s work was a hit. Photo by Rechelle Zammit
Maze: Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake was a maze of light and sound including the Celestial Circus. Photo by Rechelle Zammit
Spectacular: The Crepescular Beam shines kilometres in the sky as patrons huddle on the grassy knoll underneath to become a part of the illumination.
Another view of the Crepescular Beam.
Impressive: Crepescular Beam shoots into the night sky.
Light Sentinels create a path to follow.
White Night: Light sentinels create a path to follow.
Reflections: Shepparton Art Museum is reflected On Victoria Park Lake.
Moving: Patrons follow the laser light canopy in Welsford St, Shepparton.
Canvas: Verge was projected on the old water works building.
All lit up: Shepparton’s skate park became the Beat Bowl for the night.