River festival turns Vivid

THE Shoalhaven River Festival is set to take on a new look this year, staging its own mini Vivid light show.

Festival co-ordinator Lynn Locke said organisers had received a $3000 state government Country Arts Support Program Grant to stage the light show.

“We want to do something similar to Vivid in Sydney but, of course, on a much smaller scale,” Mrs Locke said.

“I think it is something that will prove very popular.”

While a final decision on the lighting show’s location is yet to be made, Mrs Locke said she could see it being staged around the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.

“We want to light up the streets and some of the areas around town to make it into a spectacle,” she said.

“I would love to see some sort of light show on one of the rock cliff faces of the river. That would be spectacular.”

She said the lights may even be up a couple of weeks prior to the October 25-26 festival dates, providing atmosphere and a build-up to the event.

Mrs Locke said planning for this year’s event was stepping up.

Forms are now up on the festival website (www.shoalhavenriver

festival.com.au) for the market stalls, street parade, entertainment and marine expo.

“There are plenty of berths available for the marine expo,” Mrs Locke said.

“This year we have expanded the festival to two days. Saturday will be the same sort of program as last year with a massive street parade through Nowra before moving to the river where there will be markets and entertainment on the river bank.”

“Depending on sponsorship we again hope to have a major act.”

The popular fireworks display will be back this year but with a change.

Instead of being let off from Greys Beach, the fireworks will be staged from a barge in the middle of the river.

LIGHT SHOW: Vivid Sydney has inspired organisers of Shoalhaven River Festival to stage a smaller version.	Photo: VIVID SYDNEY

LIGHT SHOW: Vivid Sydney has inspired organisers of Shoalhaven River Festival to stage a smaller version. Photo: VIVID SYDNEY

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