Cockburn could host spectacular light festival in 2018

Cockburn could host spectacular light festival in 2018

THE Cockburn coastal strip could host a spectacular cultural event in 2018 which the City of Cockburn believes could attract state-wide attention.

Similar to Sydney’s Vivid festival and Barcelona’s La Merce celebration, Cockburn Lights would showcase the area through a range of free lighting and laser displays, art, theatre and hawkers markets.

While operating under a working title at this stage, the three-day event could be held in March 2018.

Activities and attractions would be spread along the coast, with three main hubs at Port Coogee, Coogee Beach and the Surf Life Saving Club at Poore Grove, making use of local beaches.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the event had broad appeal and would help promote the burgeoning region.

“The proposal seeks to differentiate the City in terms of offering a festival of activities over three days, which we believe will resonate with all parts of our community and further afield,” he said.

“People are always looking for opportunities to engage with new ideas and this proposal seeks to deliver an exciting experience for all.”

The event is expected to cost a little less than $500,000, with sponsorship a key factor. The City could contribute $200,000, with one of its two summer concerts likely to be scrapped to free up funds.

In-kind donations worth $100,000 would be sought, while the City is hoping to secure the remaining $187,000 from Lotterywest and Healthway via grants.

At a meeting on Thursday night, Cockburn Councillors voted to allow events, marketing and sponsorship firm Project 3 to apply for funding on the City’s behalf.

Cockburn governance and community services director Don Green said the City would be hesitant to cover the total bill if grants were unsuccessful.“Whatever the shortfall is, Council will then have to determine whether it wishes to make that up or whether it wishes to abandon the whole process,” he said.

“I would imagine that if the applications for external funding through Lotterywest and Healthway are not successful to the extent we’re anticipating (it could be) then a recommendation would come back (to councillors for the event) not (to) be supported.”

Mr Howlett said the City expected to consider the event as part of its 2017-18 budget.

“If the proposal is ultimately supported by Council it will be seen as a part of the free events provided for our growing community and move us further down the track of having an attraction that will be on the tourism map well into the future,” he said.

What Cockburn Lights could feature:

Port Coogee event Hub
– A mini film festival allowing the public to picnic on the beach, swim and watch the screenings.
– A marina installation put together by an artist who works with light and water.
– A trail walk between the marina and Omeo Park.
– An illuminated guided night dive at the Omeo Wreck, just metres from the shoreline.

Coogee Beach event hub
– A collaborative performance featuring a profile artist and an orchestra, supported by choreographed lighting on the main jetty and side pontoons.
– A jetty lighting display, which could be done in conjunction with live music or between live music.
– Illuminated and inflatable features including floating beach chairs water could encourage the public to swim.

Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving event hub
– Large scale projection artists to deliver a series of stories on the wall of the surf clubs.
– An artist in residence to develop beach sculptures.
– An illuminated pontoon could provide a location for a electronic music artist or DJ to perform each evening.
– A laser lights display, run in conjunction with music from a DJ or live artist