The theme for this year is "The Sound of Light" and this pop-up night of unique art experiences, interactive performances, projections, illuminations, live music, soundscapes and exhibitions promises a jam-packed evening. There will be surprises around every corner and art in some very unexpected places.
This free, ffamily-friendlyevent organised by the City of Greater Geelong, encourages children to join in an interactive journey of discovery through central Geelong.
With over 80 activities to experience and 370 artists, check the programme, which has been divided into time slots and zones, for details and to decide on your plan of attack. You're bound to be side-tracked along the way, but that's all part of this magic night.
One of last years roving performances
Some of the highlights of the night promise to be performances by Connecting Song, a City of Greater Geelong initiative to support unsigned acts by teaming them with mentors to write a song inspired by a place on the 80km Mountain to Mouth (M to M) arts walk. Mountain to Mouth is an 80km extreme arts journey of discovery over two days and 11 stages which will next be held 4-5 May 2018. After months of hard work they will debut in the secret garden next to Beav's Bar.
M to M will also present Constellation - River of Words, a stunning installation that transforms City Hall. Enter via a magical pathway of illuminated books and follow the flowing river of words bringing the City's Our Future - 30 Year Vision to life. You'll even be able to stop along the way and write your own vision of the future. What will you see in your crystal ball?
Follow the river of words
Also on at City Hall, prepare to be Activ8ed. Using lights projected on the façade, this interactive experience will have you in control of the action.
You be the conductor
Maybe you'd like to checkout a performance by CircArts at Johnston Park? Their performances are designed to engage their audience at a mindful level to prompt curiosity and awe. These talented performers will amaze you with their grace and ability and who knows, you may be inspired to go and try one of their classes. CircArts provide a range of classes and you may be able to enrol in a trial class for free. It could be the start of a whole new career!
In the Shadow of Giants at the National Wool Museum promises to be a big hit with the kids. Giants of the past come to life in a shadowy sound experience. Watch out for the truly terrifying swamp-dwelling bunyip and other creatures that might be hiding in the shadows.
The kids will also enjoy Luminance Laboratory where they can watch a laser light show that will be on every 30 minutes followed by having a go at creating their own glowing graffiti.
Glow in the Dark
At the Geelong Regional Library and Heritage Centre, join in at one of the craft stations for a Light-the-Night Spin Drum Workshop and learn how to create your own glow-in-the-dark paper spin drum. These drums are fun and easy to make and you'll enjoy making them at home too.
Paint your own drum
The Light of Sound and Movement at the beautiful Carousel down on the foreshore brings to life the connection between sound and movement with a display of dance and light. Prepare to be mesmerized whilst watching the performers.
With so many other amazing things to do and see, it's impossible to cover them all here. So the best thing to do is to check everything out in the programme, wear a comfy pair of shoes and join in for what will be and amazing evening.
Geelong After Dark is an all weather event, so come prepared. As the old German proverb goes, "There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."