Celebrating the fusion of light art, technology and music

Illuminate Adelaide explores and celebrates the overlap between creativity and technology.

From Neolithic cave paintings that seem to move in the flicker of firelight, to the dramatic chiaroscuros of Caravaggio and James Turrell’s use of light not as a tool but as a medium, artists have long been fascinated by the creative possibilities and properties of light.

Today, festivals focused on light – highlighting it, one might say – are common drawcards around Australia and the world. From Parrtjima – A Festival in Light and Vivid Sydney to Lyon’s Fête des Lumières and Light Up Macao, such events remain popular drawcards with locals and visitors alike – but how does one curate a meaningful artistic experience when working in such a format, as opposed to a shallow event that looks great on Instagram, but underwhelms in real life?

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Richard Watts OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts