Geelong: Lit After Dark

Geelong After Dark 2019 Botanical Lobotomy at the Library Photo: Matt Houston

Geelong After Dark 2019
Botanical Lobotomy at the Library
Photo: Matt Houston

On Friday night, Geelong After Dark transformed the City from the ordinary into the extraordinary. The theme for 2019, Heighten Your Senses, was embraced by artists and exceeded all expectations.

One side of the Barwon Water building was transformed with gravity-defying feats from ACTNatimuk/YSpace. Performers floated amongst animations created by students from Barwon Valley School and Barwon Heads Primary.

Nestled on the forecourt of Johnstone Park, the three sensory portals, co-funded by the Arts & Culture Department and Creative VIC were ethereal sensory delights: soft underfoot, surrounded by dancers, soothed with sounds, the portals enabled crowds to have intimate experiences of art.

Connecting Song for 2019 celebrated three unsigned acts, Chloe St Claire, Jack Meredith and Alby Jay mentored by well-known Australian musicians Adalita, Mick Thomas and Mark Wilson with live sets at The Workers Club Geelong and on film in Lt Malop St.

Geelong Mayor Cr Bruce Harwood launched Geelong After Dark in Council Chambers, transformed by artist Anne Wilson PhD Deakin University with her work, If You Stay Where You Are, You’ll Run Into Yourself.

Quotes attributable to City of Greater Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood:

Geelong’s reputation as a clever and creative cultural destination continues to grow, and Geelong After Dark has again shown why it’s such a popular event on our calendar.

It was great to see so many community members and visitors enjoying the light shows, art installations, performances and music on offer. Central Geelong came alive in what was a fantastic showcase of the depth and diversity of our regional talent.

It’s also been particularly pleasing to see the engagement and involvement of central Geelong’s cultural organisations and businesses.