Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Djaara Lights to transform city centre

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The City of Greater Bendigo, Media Release, 4 October 2021

Bendigo’s Telstra Exchange building and neighbouring Bendigo Creek will be transformed in early November with the spectacular night time display Djaara Lights, featuring neon artworks, street art and digital experiences telling stories from Dja Dja Wurrung People.

Cultural Flower by Troy Firebrace

Djaara Lights is expected to be unveiled on Saturday November 6 with a series of activations that tell dreaming stories of Djandak (Country).

Installation is underway and the public artworks will be located along Oscars Walk, starting at the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank forecourt and will end at the Telstra Exchange building on Short Street. It will feature several light-based contemporary artworks, including a 9.6m large-scale illuminated mural ‘I am Djaara’.

An augmented reality app will also enable people using a smartphone to enjoy artworks along Oscars Walk boardwalk leading to the illuminated mural.

First Nations artists Drew Berick and Troy Firebrace are leading this culturally significant art project and have worked closely with 20 local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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