Traveling light display adds Alzheimer’s disease awareness to Stratford winter festival

Content of the article

A massive brain-inspired light sculpture designed in Australia to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease will make its North American debut on Stratford’s Tom Patterson Island this winter.

Content of the article

Affinity is an interactive public art exhibition launched several years ago by artist Simone Chua, founder of Australian company Amigo & Amigo. Measuring over three meters high and 13 meters wide, the domed sculpture’s network of interconnected globes resemble neurons in the brain, emitting colorful pulsating streams of light when touched by visitors.

After touring other parts of the world, Affinity will make their first Canadian stop in January at the upcoming Lights On Stratford festival.

Affinity, an Australian-made light sculpture that depicts the complexity and connectivity of the human brain, will be part of the third annual Lights On Stratford festival this winter. (Photo courtesy of Amigo & Amigo)

“We are very excited to launch the Affinity artwork in Canada,” Chua said. “This is a multi-sensory interactive artwork that raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. We hope people will enjoy not only interacting with the work, but also being interested in this important social issue. »

In Canada, January is also Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the perfect opportunity for festival organizers to partner with local advocates for people with dementia.

“Our festival loves previewing new and exciting light arts that have never been to Canada, especially when they can be leveraged for local charities,” said Zac Gribble, General Manager of Destination Stratford. “Affinity was originally developed to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease in Australia, so it is ideal to support the great work being done in our region by the Alzheimer Society Huron Perth.”

According to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, more than half a million Canadians are living with dementia today, a number that is expected to rise to nearly one million over the next decade.

Content of the article

“People living with dementia have knowledge, insights and experiences to share,” said Cathy Ritsema, executive director of the national charity’s Huron-Perth branch. “Their lives – before and after diagnosis – remain meaningful and inspiring to friends and family and we believe this interactive light display will show how important relationships are for people with dementia.”

Lights On Stratford, a week-long winter festival designed to help tourism officials market the town as a year-round destination, debuted two years ago and has since featured exhibitions by several artists international. Last year’s event, visited by more than 80,000 people, included the North American debut of Australia’s Sky Castle, an interactive light and sound exhibition set up outside City Hall.

Affinity is the second major attraction announced by officials for the upcoming festival. Also in Stratford this winter is The Pool, another large-scale and well-attended interactive public art exhibition by world-renowned artist Jen Lewin.

“As a cultural destination, Stratford continues to punch well above its weight, including in the depths of winter,” Gribble said. “We look forward to welcoming the community and visitors for an even greater experience this winter.”

The third annual Lights On Stratford Festival – with this year’s theme REVITALIZE – is set to launch on December 16 and will run until January 27, 2023.

About Derrick Hill

Check Also

Copping travels to Denmark for health summit

Alberta’s Minister of Health will travel to Denmark and the United Kingdom for a series …