Drones, drone, and more drones. It seems we’re all dizzy for drones these days. And it’s hard not to be when hundreds of the things take flight with beaming lights to dazzle.
The intermittent spectacles simply can’t be limited to the people of Perth City – and that’s where First Lights comes in to play, bringing their mesmerising drone show to folks across regional Western Australia (WA).
Presented by Fremantle Biennale, First Lights is a sweeping work of art that will utilise almost 200 drones, programmed with specialist 3D animation techniques. Think of it as a fireworks show with reduced environmental impact, with a futuristic flare – Back To The Future didn’t see this one comin’!
The technology allows for over a whopping four billion colour combinations, all while in synchronisation and collaboration with musicians and composers to create a cinematic soundscape to accompany the captivating visuals.
Each First Lights show is set to be led by Traditional Owners and Aboriginal artists, portraying a site-specific story that tells ancient knowledge, living stories and the history of each location – five for that matter.
The five regions will span right from Albany (Binalup) to Esperance (Kepa Kurl), across to Ningaloo, Cowaramup, and East Pilbara – what a treat for those far from the big smoke.
First Lights shows:
- Binalup (Albany) – 8 April 2023
- Nyinggulu (Ningaloo)
- 19 April 2023 – Cardabia Station, Coral Bay
- 20 April 2023 – Town Beach, Exmouth
- Kepa Kurl (Esperance) – 12 – 13 May 2023
- Cowaramup – TBA
First Lights initially came about in 2021, commissioned by Fremantle Biennale with 2022’s First Lights: Balarr Inyiny cementing the fascinating display as a centrepiece of the festival. Keep an eye on First Lights‘ or Fremantle Biennale’s socials for futher updates!