COMMUNITY RECOGNITION NOTICE - Neon Nights Showcase Maitland After Dark

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—I congratulate Maitland City Council on its recent Neon Nights event – a creative initiative that brought people of all ages into our city centre in the evening to watch our most iconic buildings come to life through artistic projections. The two-day event received a contribution from the New South Wales Government under its 'Festival of Place – Summer Fund', and was staged as part of Council's 'Make it Maitland this Summer' program.

The Neon Nights launch was held at Maitland Regional Art Gallery and featured performative lighting projections by local illustrators Sophie Brown and Melanie So. There was live music, a refreshments cart, and all in all a fabulous, welcoming vibe. Beyond MRAG, The Riverlink, Post Office, old Taylors building and Maitland Library featured artistic projections by Illuminart from sunset to 11pm on both January 22 and 23. The proximity of these projections encouraged foot traffic and support for local businesses along the way and certainly generated night-time, family friendly activity in unaccustomed places. Well done to Maitland City Council, the illustrative and projection artists, and everyone else who came together to breathe new and beautiful life into the iconic buildings of our historic city.