In early October, flocks of tourists will be drawn to the capital city of the Netherlands to experience the "illuminated playground" that is NightFest. Comprised of one million bulbs, the festival lasts four nights from Thursday 3rd October to Sunday 6th October. The magical festival aims to transform Commonwealth Park into an illuminated wonderland.

This year, the theme has been announced as the "World in Bloom." This will undoubtedly see creative, innovative and delicious responses in the form of food and drink, entertainment and interactive displays.

Flowers at NightFest

Blooming Lovely

Each night, visitors will be allowed to enter the park from 6:30pm where they are sure to be stunned by awe-inspiring lights as they highlight beds of colourful flowers. The flowerbeds will sit amongst two giant interactive lighting installations, both of which will have been designed and installed by lighting specialists, Mandylights.

One of the installations is titled Framed and can be found in the Rhododendron Garden. Composed of 20 gigantic illuminated picture frames, each frame has thousands of pixels of LED lights!

Framed Art Light Installation

60-Metre Tunnel of Light

Positioned together, this creates a slightly disorientating, but stunning, 60-metre tunnel that you can walk through. The display will even be set to music, so all of your senses are sure to be engaged in this mesmerising installation.

Floriade’s executive producer Vickii Cotter revealed that there would be another light installation at the festival, but it's being kept under wraps for now. She said;

"We are really excited about the two installations, one of which is still a secret,"

When you go down the Rhododendron Garden walkway, you will be able to walk through a framed tunnel. It is going to look stunning."

Full of Music and Laughter

During the weekday and on Saturday night, there will be some fantastic live music on Stage 88. Amongst the big names you can expect to see there are The Veronicas and Australian duo, Busby Marou. Take a look below to see the full line-up and when each act will be performing.

Thursday – Opening Night carnivale
Friday – The Veronicas and Electric Fields
Saturday – Busby Marou

However, Sunday will be a day exclusively of laughs as Comedy NightFest makes a return. It's set to feature Urzila Carlson, Dave Hughes and Becky Lucas, to name a few.

For the full Sunday line-up, see below!

Sunday – Comedy NighFest featuring Urzila Carlson, Dave Hughes, Becky Lucas, Anthony Tomic, Sam Taunton, Guy Montgomery and The Stevenson Experience.

NightFest Pub Sign

As well as fantastic entertainment and displays, it should also be noted that the festival will heavily feature mouth-watering local food, beer, spirits and wine. Ms Cotter added;

"People will be able to come and enjoy NightFest and the amazing installations that we have, as well as enjoy the lights, the flowers, the delicious food and amazing entertainment."

Sounds to us like a night that is not to be missed! To book your tickets now and avoid disappointment, click here!

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