Light to illuminate Mount Victoria | Blue Mountains Gazette


Lumière, Mount Victoria’s Moving Image Festival, organizes a unique arts festival in the High Mountains, showcasing contemporary artwork in moving images, including videos, screenings and magic lantern performances in venues unexpected, from April 22 to May 1.

Photo: Kenneth Lambert

Lumière is presented by Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains (MAPBM) and is the first moving image festival organized by the contemporary art organization.

“Lumière features 25 exceptional artists who live or work in the mountains, or whose works are closely linked to the region,” said festival director Rebecca Waterstone.

“They will present both intimate and large-scale works in the salons and grounds of the Etico Hotel, historic Mount Victoria Manor, Mount Vic Flicks vintage cinema, Rhomboid Studio, storefronts and back alleys. local stores.

“Our artists also provide creative mentorship, working with young people from local primary and secondary schools and hospitality trainees from Hotel Etico, Australia’s first social enterprise hotel offering employability training and independent living skills for young adults with developmental disabilities.

“The artists also worked with local schools to create lanterns for the opening night lantern parade, animated flip books and more.

“‘Lumiere’ is French for ‘light’ and represents the starting point of the festival, as it is the process of light emerging from darkness that brings cinematic moving images to life,” Ms Waterstone said.

Ms Waterstone also noted that, like many other villages, Mount Victoria suffered greatly from the devastating environmental, psychological and financial effects of the 2019-2020 bushfires, immediately followed by uncertainty and the prolonged effects of CoVID-19. and floods.

“We hope Lumière will provide an antidote to these challenges, offering locals and visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a range of unique cinematic environments, engage in hands-on creative activities and events, engage with artists, and discover fascinating contemporary art in unusual places.

The wide variety of video works and filming techniques, from analog to digital, offers audiences the opportunity to escape from their daily concerns and find relief in troubled times by escaping into the world of moving picture.

MAPBM President Fiona Davies said the festival will bring further benefits, both to participating artists and to the wider community.

“Lumière is a great opportunity for MAPBM artists to showcase new moving art in their region.

“We also encourage visitors to extend their stay. In addition to discovering contemporary art in historic and unusual places, it is a great opportunity to explore Mount Victoria and its surroundings, dine in local cafes and restaurants and support local businesses,” said Ms. Davies said.

All screenings in the village and at Etico Hotel are free and there is a wide variety of paid screenings at Mount Vic Flicks and Rhomboid Studio, as well as artists in conversation, and a ‘Pecha Kucha’ Light/Mountains party Made Salon at the Victoria and Pension Albert. For more information, visit:


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