The Valley in a different light

The length of Commercial Road and Tarwin Street will be transformed into a stage of music, theatrical performance and art projections at this year’s Winter Festival.

ReActivate Latrobe Valley is encouraging locals to brave the cold weather to see buildings in the central business district of Morwell illuminated with art works in a similar vein to the popular White Night Festival in Melbourne.

Event organiser and ReActivate Latrobe Valley co-director Rosalea Monacella said while there were many festivals in summer, not much happened in the colder months.

“It illuminates it (Morwell) in a completely different light,” Ms Monacella said.

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate, enjoy being together and connect with your neighbours or people in the community.”

The ‘winter solstice’ event on Friday, 19 June from 4pm to 10pm, will also feature local musicians such as the Strzelecki Stringbusters, a showcase of stalls and local enterprises, artisan foods, artists, performers in shop windows and community groups from around the region.

Traralgon’s VRI Hall at Queens Parade, will also host light projections and music performances on Saturday, 20 June from 1pm to 10pm.

Ms Monacella said the event was in its third year, and hoped to expand the event to other Latrobe Valley towns in future.

“This is the second one we’ve had (light projections). It’s developing more of a cultural component to the festival with the projections and performances and so forth,” Ms Monacella said.

“We’re building on a festival model where we can celebrate the talent we have locally as well as an event.”

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