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Whilst you're waiting for the Vivid Festival to come later in August this year, check out this new event full of dazzling projections, light art installations and performances at The Concourse that you can couple with a multitude of food options in the surrounding CBD for a great evening out.

Going by the name Chatswood Nights, you'll be immersed in changing shapes, colours and patterns, cheeky Aussie animals, quirky creatures, strange and beautiful flowers, aerial feats and delicious eats.

Brought to you by Chatswood Culture bites, here's what will light up your senses:-


There are six different projections that will turn the iconic sails of the Concourse roof into a dynamic canvas, as follows -

Bloom explores the movement and blossoming of nature within the urban landscape, and how surroundings stir sensations and emotions. With themes of becoming and renewal, this video and audio encounter is a surreal botanic trip of lush textures and vibrant colours.

Chatswood Nights, light projections

Home is a delightful dance through the whirling world of falling in love, woven with an original score from Donny Walker of Chicago's Mind Exchange Music. It's evocative art and animation from artist George Berlin that explores the foundation of family love and what inspires and sustains it.

The Space in between Humans questions the relationship between the body and contemporary architecture. With all the big urban centres expanding and with no end in sight, we're encouraged to think about what it means to build a concrete or glass wall and seal the border of shared space both mentally and physically.

Chatswood Nights, light projections

Voices brings the aesthetics of tradition to a digital world of 3D mapping, immersing you into a tricky and fascinating world that gives rise to distant memories, fears and hidden desires. It's inspired by times when peace has been violated and delves into how to return to calm and a colourful world as it explores things that enslave us, such as religion and sects, political regimes and people to whom we have given over our power to.

Nature is a showcase on the facade by artist Freddie Jiang exploring the nature of projection mapping by using colourful particles, illuminated objects and large organic geometry. It takes visitors through 3 chapters, from turning millions of particles into a galaxy to a Blade Runner-type neon city and the final climax of a meeting between the building facade and the projection.

Chatswood Nights, light projections

Transformation as Narrative is Rose Staff's light and sound morphing of the exterior surface, exploring the topics of metamorphosis and transformation through abstract geometry. In biology it relates to a complete form of change through stages in the lifespan of an organism, like that of the caterpillar changing into a butterfly and, in Chatswood, it's the identity of the metamorphosis of the population with waves of immigration changing the social fabric of the place as east meets west to invigorate the CBD.

Art Installations

Get up close to these interesting light sculptures around the plaza -

Hidden Garden reflects the stunning array of plants that surround us, whilst highlighting the importance of combining the man-made and natural worlds. The installation features inflatable flowers that wrap around trees like a living organism, programmed by LED lighting and pulsed motion allowing you to interact with them.

Chatswood Nights, art installations

Water Bear stands larger than life and represents one of our oldest and toughest forms of life on Earth. Scientists have been fascinated by these tiny 8-legged water-dwelling creatures because they can survive extreme environments, from the heat of volcanoes to the bitter cold of ice ages.


Be mesmerised by -

Al fresco performances on the lawn each Friday afternoon.

Next Chapters, a unique concert of thrills that sees you marvelling at Legs On The Wall's aerial acrobatics, backed by new composers and amazing symphonic music from Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Catch them over 2 dates only, 22 May from 7pm and 23 May from 2pm at The Concourse. Tickets for this breathtaking experience in the concert hall are $59 per adult and $29 per child under 18yrs. Concession, seniors and student rate also available.

Chatswood Nights, performances


Bring your taste buds to life with exciting eateries scattered on and around Victoria Avenue, in Chatswood Interchange, the Mandarin Centre, Chatswood Chase and Westfield's Hawker Lane. Thursdays and Fridays also see the popular Chatswood Mall Market come alive with a wonderful selection of international food. You definitely won't go hungry here.

With plenty to see and do in Chatswood, get off the couch and brighten your winter nights with family and friends in this eclectic mix of evening pleasures.
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When: Light projections & installations 6pm-11pm
Phone: 02 9777 1000
Where: The Concourse, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
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