Illuminate Yaletown

This Friday, Yaletown will be ablaze with a series of breathtaking light installations for Illuminate Yaletown’s 10th reunion.

Presented by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association for one night only (from approximately 6:06 pm – sunset), visitors will be able to experience a free light art exhibition like no other.

10 years since its inception, Illuminate Yaletown will showcase new light art installations as well as classics from past festivals – all in the heart of Yaletown.

Hamilton Street will be closed to vehicles for the evening to highlight these incredible installations and showcase the very best in light art technology.

Illuminate Yaletown

With no shortage of electrifying illuminations on display, visitors can engage with interactive exhibitions including Flow, a sculptural form sensitive to touch, and Jax, a giant inflatable game piece.

Leveraging tech never seen before in Vancouver, Illuminate Yaletown is also excited to secure Tetra, a piece that encourages visitors to build their own sculpture made of light.

“In many ways this is a reunion of the best of the best of our previous festivals. We’re showcasing a selection of cutting edge light art technology designers in an exhibition that is urban, inspiring and jaw dropping,” says Annette O’Shea, executive director of the Yaletown Business Improvement Association.

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[Illuminate Yaletown 2011]

O’Shea adds, “Many of the installations have been designed to incorporate the viewer as part of the installation, so you can play with it, see how it responds to your touch and even build with it. This is very much about how technology, design and light blend to create engaging and provoking experiences.”

In addition to sensational illuminations, visitors will be able to enjoy a host of spectacles throughout the evening. There will be a ‘robot invasion’ of stilt walkers, LED dancers and an ‘Infinity Mirror World’ – culminating in an unmissable event with amazing photo opportunities.

Illuminate Yaletown

Guests can also strike a pose at a 12-foot lit-up foliage wall, play on LED swings, or even try their hand at the digital graffiti wall to create their own custom street art.

A number of the neighbourhood’s local bars (including House Special, White Lounge and Opus Bar) will offer a special 606 cocktail, in tandem with the sun setting that day at 6:06 pm.

Illuminate Yaletown will take place until 10 pm at Hamilton Street and Bill Curtis Square. The event is free to the public; for more information please visit Illuminate Yaletown online.

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