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Transgrid to light up Wagga Wagga for Festival of W

29 June 2023

Transgrid, in partnership with Mandylights, will bring a dazzling new light display to Wagga Wagga City Council’s Festival of W, a 16-day premiere winter event in the Riverina.

Lightvision: A Wagga Wagga surface to sky light journey will illuminate the Wollundry Lagoon and Festival of W event ground with a free, large-scale light and sound show.

In a first for Wagga Wagga, the unforgettable sensory experience will reach from the lagoon surface to the night sky, with four spectacular zones providing a captivating exploration of light from dusk to late every evening over two weeks.  

Executive General Manager Corporate & Stakeholder Affairs, Maryanne Graham, said the sponsorship is part of Transgrid’s commitment to supporting regional communities.

“Transgrid is building the transmission superhighway which will transform the energy supply for millions of Australians and the Riverina is in the driver’s seat with our major projects including EnergyConnect centred on the region,” Ms Graham said.

“We are also committed to energising communities by maximising economic and social benefits from our pipeline of major projects and creating lasting and positive relationships in areas where we operate.

“Transgrid is proud to partner with Mandylights to light up the City of Wagga Wagga for the first time during the region’s largest festival, providing a memorable display incorporating light, sound and local and First Nations storytelling to inspire locals and visitors alike.

“We are also joining Murray River Council and Mandylights once again as the Platinum Partner of this year’s Moama Lights festival, providing a major economic and social boost to the local community.”

City of Wagga Wagga’s Mayor Dallas Tout explained how this new experience as part of council’s festival will add to the positive impacts the event creates.

“Festival of W is a 16-day festival showcasing the City of Wagga Wagga and enticing visitors and locals to come out, explore and enjoy our city in winter,” Councillor Tout said.

“The festival is a testament to our shared vision to be a thriving, innovative, connected, and inclusive city, delivering unique experiences that captivate and connect our community.

“The festival contributes to our city’s economic vitality and boosts visitation during a traditionally lower period of visitation to the city, and we look forward to sharing this new light and sound experience with our community as well as new and returning visitors.”

Wagga Wagga’s immersive light and sound experience has been developed by world-renowned lighting designers Mandylights which has previously collaborated with Transgrid on installations for Vivid Sydney and Moama Lights.

“We're thrilled to be working with Transgrid and the City of Wagga Wagga to create an innovative, completely original light show for the Festival of W,” Mandylights Managing Director Richard Neville said.

“The exciting partnering of Wagga's spectacular Wollundry Lagoon with our creative design and Transgrid's investment in local projects will deliver not only a spectacular, world-class show, but opportunities to showcase the city and its unique stories on a grand scale.”

Festival of W and Lightvision: A Wagga Wagga surface to sky light journey will run from July 1-16. For more information please visit their website:

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Mark Nolan 0429 047 136