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Box Hill hosts a number of popular events, festivals, exhibitions and classes throughout the year, held in the Box Hill Town Hall, Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Box Hill Gardens and in the Box Hill Mall.
Box Hill is a renowned for its annual celebration of the Moon Festival and extremely popular Chinese New Year Festival, which attracts around 70,000 people to the centre of Box Hill.
Why not explore the historic Box Hill Town Hall and visit the latest exhibition at the Whitehorse Art Space. View Events Calendar
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the City of Whitehorse, Illuminate is a three-day light festival featuring stunning visuals projected onto the iconic Box Hill Town Hall, transforming this much loved building into something magical. Illuminate will bring an impressive spectacle of light projections, music, art installations and performance to Whitehorse.
The Illuminate Projection Show
Illuminate will transform the front façade of the Box Hill Town Hall with a spectacular light and projection commission that weaves images, sound and multimedia in a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the City of Whitehorse. The Illuminate Projection Show is a stunning visual reel of Whitehorse footage and animation projected onto the stark white façade of the Town Hall – transforming it into a colourful, vivid work of art. Accompanying the commission is a dramatic musical score created from the archives of the City’s much loved Whitehorse Orchestra.
The Big White Horse
Come and see the finished ‘Big White Horse’. Standing at an impressive 5 metres, this beautiful bamboo creature will be crafted in the foyer of the Town Hall and decorated using thousands of white flowers created by the students from 16 schools across Whitehorse. The community is invited to assist the artist as she covers the horse in its flowery veil on Tuesday 25 November from 10.30am-4pm in the foyer of the Town Hall.
Make a Night of It
Box Hill is famous for its delicious food! So why not book into one of the many popular Asian restaurants and enjoy dinner or supper with family and friends as part of your Illuminate experience. From modern Chinese to Yum Cha, Vietnamese and everything in between, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Friday 28 November, 6.30pm-10.30pm
Join us for a night of FREE festival fun as the Town Hall comes alive with music, exciting art installations, free interactive workshops, face painting, children’s activities and a special ‘silent disco’.
On the Lawn
From 6.30pm prepare for a cultural feast as Bataccuda, Maracatu Estra do Mar, Box Hill City Band and Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne take over the Town Hall lawn in a loud, proud and colourful display of rhythmic beats, big band sounds and high energy dancing.
Colourful percussionists Bataccuda are known for their toe tapping, hip swivelling beats and high energy cross-cultural medley of percussion, circus and mayhem. You’ll feel the carnival mood with Afro-Brazilian group Maracatu Estra do Mar as they bring the party sounds of north-east Brazil to Whitehorse. Pride of Whitehorse and one of Victoria’s oldest brass bands Box Hill City Band will be doing what they do best, performing live and loud on the lawn. No event in
Box Hill would be complete without a lion dance and the hugely talented Chinese Youth Society of Melbourne will signal the start of the projection show.
Outside will be a buzz with the vibrant mix of music, dance and roaming entertainment, plus guests can buy dinner or a snack from a variety of tasty food trucks on opening night.
Step inside and see the Town Hall like never before. The Main Hall will be transformed into a beautiful performance space with the energetic Orquestra Sun Del La Calle headlining a rhythmic feast of musical delights.
Walk through to the Whitehorse Room and enter the kid’s cave where face painting, interactive art activities, horse puppet kits and puppetry workshops will be taking place. It’s all FREE.
Look out for exciting internal projection installations in unexpected spaces using works from our 20th anniversary photography exhibitions. See the Big White Horse on display in the front foyer and visit the Whitehorse Artspace to view their latest exhibition. There is something for everyone at Illuminate!
Head downstairs and grab a headset to enjoy the Silent Disco. What’s a silent disco? This is a disco with a difference, two battling DJs each mixing their own trademark tunes will transmit music to the dancing crowd using wireless technology. Choose your favourite tunes and take part in the exhilarating, high energy dance floor.
How to Get There
Box Hill Town Hall is located at 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill (near the corner of Station Street).
Tram: Five minute walk from the Centro/Whitehorse Road stop – catch tram 42 or 109
Bus: Two minute walk from Station Street stop – catch bus route 612 or 295.
Train: Six minute walk from Box Hill Railway Station on the Lilydale line
Car: Parking is limited. The access road in front and around the Town Hall will be closed between 5pm and 2am from 28-30 November. Accessible parking is at the rear of the Town Hall, enter via Bank Street
Illuminate will run from 28-30 November from 8.30pm – 1am nightly, at Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill VIC . Opening night festivities run from Friday 28 November, 6.30pm-10.30pm.
Information on artist programming, activities and more for Illuminate will be highlighted on the Whitehorse Festival Season Facebook Page.