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Bright new light for uni
Bright new light for uni

The University of WA's role as a beacon of learning and creativity will be given visual expression when its most famous landmark is bathed in a lightshow to celebrate its centenary tomorrow night.

Ten projectors, each 10 times more powerful than an outdoor cinema, will turn Winthrop Hall into the State's biggest silver screen as the centrepiece of the university's LUMINOUSnight 100th birthday party.

More than 15,000 people are expected to fill the Crawley campus, which will be transformed into a walk-through performance space and gallery featuring 36 events from 7pm to midnight.

The celebrations will include shows by more than 250 artists, including fire jugglers, giant puppets, dance troupes and musicians, and "augmented reality" images of a spaceship seeming to hover above UWA's Reid Library.

Chrissie Parrott has created an outdoor dance show depicting the birdlife of the campus gardens and the Nova Ensemble will perform a new score to a screening of Herbert Brenon's 1913 classic silent film Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde at the Somerville Auditorium.

LUMINOUSnight co-ordinator Ian Lilburne likened the year of planning for the one-night extravaganza to that required for a Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

"The idea was to take over the campus and do this wonderful celebration of arts and culture because the university has produced a lot of great artists over the years," he said.

The 20-minute Winthrop Hall projection, created by Illuminart director Cindi Drennan, features vivid animated art by Richard Walley and key episodes in WA and university history.

"It is really like an entire arts festival in one night," Mr Lilburne said. "The whole campus has come together to get behind doing this."