The Northern Lights will illuminate Daylesford’s night sky this winter

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The Northern Lights will illuminate Daylesford’s night sky this winter

Words by Talia Rinaldo

Daylesford’s night sky will light up in colour at a new event this winter, Borealis on the Lake.

Have you been dreaming of experiencing the starry, limitless sky, and the unbelievable colours that move across the Arctic sky. Well, now you can – minus the travel fare – with a brand new event that will light up Daylesford’s night sky this winter.

Coined ‘Borealis on the Lake’, the immersive outdoor art installation will beam lasers over Daylesford Lake to recreate the natural phenomenon of the northern lights.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

Created by internationally renowned Switzerland-based artist Dan Archer, the captivating display is set to transport Victorians to the Arctic Circle in an experience that will be unique to Daylesford every Thursday to Sunday from 15 July – 4 September 2022.

‘Borealis on the Lake’ combines technology and art to create unique auroras over Lake Daylesford. Colour, movement, the density of light beams and changing weather conditions work together to give infinite variations. “Surreal” is the only way to describe how it feels, to watch as the lights dance across the lake.

“The magic and awe of Borealis is elevated in darkness and surrounded by nature. With its own unique natural beauty, we couldn’t think of a more perfect setting than Lake Daylesford to recreate this spectacular effect,” says Andrew Kay AM of Andrew Kay and Associates.

“Add to the mix Daylesford’s progressive dining scene, multiple wellness experiences and its amazing collection of quality accommodation offerings, and you have all the ingredients for a truly magical weekend away.”

BOREALIS is not just about what you see, but what you hear; an experience beyond the visual effect. Set to a soundtrack created by French composer Guillaume Desbois, the music is as wispy and ethereal as the auroras. Sounds develop in layers, created using synthesisers and traditional instruments. It may sound simple but forms a crucial part that adds to the sense of wonder. The result: a truly immersive experience.

From Switzerland to Japan and many successful presentations across Australia, Borealis has toured the world. Premiering in 2018 at Adelaide Fringe, people have fallen in love with the breath-taking illusion of Aurora Borealis. Ever since, Borealis has since become an Adelaide Fringe institution, coming back year after year, sharing the magic with thousands.

‘Borealis on the Lake’ runs 15 July to 4 September 2022 (every Thursday to Sunday) between 6pm and 9:30pm.

General public tickets go on sale Friday 27 May via the website