Claremont set to shine through Arttra Festival in April


Artists (l-r) Roly Skender and Kathy Allam are all lit up for the fourth annual ArttraOK Festival in Claremont Park. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
Artists (l-r) Roly Skender and Kathy Allam are all lit up for the fourth annual ArttraOK Festival in Claremont Park. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

CLAREMONT will brighten up with light during the first illuminated Arttra Festival at Claremont Park for three nights starting on April 6.

“It’s a light festival, so it’s something that’s different and also having it outside allows for creating something new,” North Perth artist Roly Skender said.

The festival is in its fourth year, and it will include visual installations and performances by 20 artists from across Australia.

Peppermint Grove artist Kathy Allam said it was a chance for WA artists to exhibit with light because it was difficult to get to similar events such as the Vivid light festival in Sydney.

“Claremont has managed to attract some of the best light artists in Perth,” Ms Allam said, who was working to create art inspired by the electronic pulses of deep sea jellyfish.

Arttra’s interactive projections, light sculptures and other performances will be designed for Claremont Park, including Mr Skender’s The Virtual Busker.

“Our artists are going to be working with their surroundings by lighting up our magnificent trees and projecting on our council building to create a unique, interactive and illuminated outdoor gallery experience,” Mayor Jock Barker said.

Festival-goers will also be able to eat wood-fired pizza, barbecues and flame-grilled burgers, while toasted marshmallows cooked with light-giving flames to finish each night.

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