Light attraction to dream about


Lantern animation: Her father might be an acting minister, but for Asha Dalidakis the most entertaining character at Rosebud on Friday was Shrek, in town to publicise April’s Lights exhibition. Picture: Yanni

ROSEBUD will host an international lighting extravaganza featuring some of the most loveable characters from Dreamwork’s animation in an Australian-first exhibition.

Around 100, huge illuminated figures from the movies Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and Madagascar will come to life and light up the Rosebud foreshore in April.

Lights by DreamWorks is an interactive, walkthrough experience that will run for 30 days and is expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors.

Modelled on the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival, Lights by DreamWorks also features a variety of scenographic pieces, LED furnishings, themed technology and learning zones, an immersive cinema experience and animatronic dragons.

The exhibition, previously only seen in Chile and London, was previewed in Rosebud on Friday by acting Tourism and Major Events Minister Philip Dalidakis.

Mr Dalidakis said the launch at Rosebud was “a great opportunity for visitors to explore one of Victoria’s seaside regional towns”.

DreamWorks consumer products country director Jo Pascoe said it was exciting to bring the lantern experience to Australia for the first time.

“We’re looking forward to seeing eyes young and old light up when they experience our large scale illuminated characters for the very first time in such a beautiful part of Victoria.”

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 17 January 2017


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