Using light as art is not a new concept in Australia. Vivid Sydney is in its 10th year and grows more popular every year. The Swan Festival of Lights in Perth has become bigger and better since its inception 2008, and more than 300,000 visitors have gone to visit Bruce Munro’s installations of the ‘Field of Lights’, be it at the base of Uluru or more recently in Albany.

Here are some of the best light festivals in Australia.

Bruce Munro: Field of Light, Uluru

Originally conceived in 1992 on a camping trip to Uluru, Bruce Munro finally installed his Field of Light in 2015. The sea of light swirling across the red desert had been built up to with installations across the UK and the US before finally arriving in Australia. Extended multiple times to suit demand, the artwork will finally be decommissioned in December 2020.

The light installation 'Field of light' at sunrise
Bruce Munro: Field of Light at sunrise | Mark Picknall

Parrtjima Festival , Alice Springs

One festival you may not have heard of is the Parrtjima Festival in Alice Springs. Running each year in April, this celebration of light and colour turns the red centre into a kaleidoscope of Aboriginal art and music.

Kids enjoying a light festival
Parrtjima Festival, Alice Springs desert park | James Horan

Between 6:30pm and 10:30pm you can visit Parrtjima for free as the Alice Springs Desert Park becomes home to the spectacular lighting of the MacDonnell Ranges, lights installations and the Festival Hub.

A artwork displayed in light on the floor
Grounded, Parrtjima Festival, Alice Springs desert park | James Horan

A free bus can transport you between installations and to and from Alice Springs centre.

The Parrtjima Festival runs between the 3-12 April in 2020.

Vivid Sydney

The annual festival of light held in Sydney takes place over three weeks in May & June. The centre piece of Vivid is always the light sculptures, but over time has evolved to include music, public talks and debates.

Vivid began in 2009 as a smart light festival highlighting energy efficiency and has grown into the biggest light festival in the world, with installations and events spread across Sydney and the surrounding area.

tt_Vivid2 The Sydney Harbour during Vivid | Destination NSW

Tropical Light, Darwin

Bruce Munro’s most recent installation was in Albany to honour the Anzacs who departed from Albany for the Great War. This installation has been moved to Darwin and re-purposed for November 2019 to April 2020. The largest Australian exhibition undertaken by Mr Munro, featuring eight immersive large-scale installations across the Darwin CBD and Waterfront precinct will be known as ‘Bruce Munro: Tropical Light’.

A light installation in Darwin
The Green Flash, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light | Mark Picknell

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