Illuminate Eltham

Illuminate Eltham

Come and explore Eltham Town Centre as we light up the night with light based installations from local artists. Commencing on Friday 12 August for six weeks there will be an ongoing program of free activities.

Eltham Lantern Trail

Follow the lantern trail across Eltham Town Square Discover handmade lanterns designed by local artists
Nillumbik has a rich heritage, with its Wurundjeri-willam history, prolific creative community, and its enduring status as a fertile green wedge displaying an abundance of flora and fauna.
In collaboration with arts collective The Indirect Object, Artbox artists to submit invited new or existing artwork and designs for the Eltham Lantern Trail.
These lanterns emanate from the artists' personal connection to this heritage, and their cultural reflection on the local environment.  Tapping into both ancient art forms and old-world production methods, their designs are adapted into these unique shadow lanterns.
Featured artists have varied practices working with textiles, glass, painting, illustration, woodcutting, metalwork and multidisciplinary forms. Tapping into ancient art forms and old-world production methods, their designs are adapted into unique Shadow Lanterns.
Original lantern designs are produced by the following local artists:
Works produced as part of this program will become part of the Nillumbik Shire Council’s public art collection.
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Eltham Lantern Trail is presented by Nillumbik Shire Council in partnership with Artbox.
Illuminate Eltham is partly funded by the State Government of Victoria’s ‘COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund’

Fun activities at the Eltham Town Square Rotunda

Join us in at the rotunda for:
Opening Night Friday 12 August from 5pm
Discover handmade Shadow Lanterns scattered throughout the Town Square. Local artists' original designs are translated into intricate lighting installations by award-winning artists the indirect Object. Glow golf, local DJ, roving entertainment
Lantern-Making Workshops Saturdays 13 & 20 August from 11- 2pm.
Head to the rotunda and join pop-up workshops where people of all ages and skill levels can participate. Learn how simple it is to design lanterns, and collaborate on creative light installations! All materials will be supplied, upcycled where possible.
‘Spring Moon’ Celebration Friday 9 September from 5pm.
On the cusp of the Spring Moon and the trees alive with colour and light, the community-created lantern installations will be revealed. Listen to the eerie soundtrack of local composer Aiv Puglielli while creating your own lantern to light your way home as the new moon wanes.
Silent Disco In August - Saturday 13, Saturday 20, Friday 26        
In September - Friday 2, Thursday 8, Friday 16
Free Silent Disco 5-7pm. Come along and dance like nobody is watching!