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Cultural hub becomes Perth's Christmas centre

14 Dec 2012

The Perth Cultural Centre will become alive with Christmas festivities this Friday, December 14, as the free Illuminites festival returns to Perth’s premier cultural precinct.

Planning Minister John Day said the event, hosted by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, would feature night markets, live music, animated projections and a giant snow dome as the centrepiece of the celebrations.

“Illuminites was held for the first time last year and attracted thousands of people to enjoy a summer evening in Northbridge and rediscover the cultural heart of Perth,” Mr Day said.

“This year, a huge variety of local bands and musicians - including Latin, soul, strings and Christmas Carols with a twist - will perform live on the wetland stage from 5pm.

“Shops along William Street will also be trading late and more than 50 stall holders will be selling a mix of stylish gifts, fashion, art and food in the On William Collective Night Markets.”

The Minister said a highlight of the evening was the opportunity to catch Carmelo Musca’s animated projection Collision Course.

“The acclaimed film will be projected throughout the night on the facade of the Art Gallery of WA while younger Illuminites fans will be entertained by an animated magic show on the Cultural Centre Screen,” he said.

“The State Government has spent more than $35million to revitalise the Perth Cultural Centre and transform it into one of the city’s premier events’ destinations with a rolling calendar of events that continue to attract people of all ages, at all times of the day and night.

“Together with Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link and Riverside, it is one of a number of major revitalisation projects that are creating new places in our city for people to live, work and visit.”