Nocturnal artwork to light up Dandenong night

Let there be light: A projection from the 2012 Nocturnal event in central Dandenong.

DANDENONG’S city centre will light up next month for the Nocturnal public art festival.

During the free event, an eight-storey building at the corner of Scott and Thomas streets and the Southern Health building at 229 Thomas Street, as well as numerous laneways, will be bathed in temporary light projections, created by internationally renowned artists Ian de Gruchy and Nick Azidis with help from RMIT and Chisholm Institute art students.

Laneway performances from Federation Square’s The Light in Winter festival will also take place.

Guided and unguided night walks will take spectators to 17 lighting, public art and performance sites on June 5, 6, 12 and 13.

The Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre will host artworks from Australia, New Zealand, France, Afghanistan, Japan, Turkey and Iran during the concurrent Burqas, Veils and Hoodies: identity and representation exhibition.

Greater Dandenong mayor Angela Long said the event would add “an element of vibrancy and colour” to central Dandenong.

“Nocturnal will bring a unique atmosphere of mystery, curiosity and intrigue to central Dandenong that should not be missed.”

The festival runs June 1-16. For night walk bookings, call 9238 1411 or go to

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