The District Docklands gets a glow-up with Imaginaria – a magical "future play experience". In layman's terms, Melbourne, it's a giant, glowing, otherworldy all-ages playground to explore.
Imaginaria allows Melburnians to explore fantastic custom-built, interactive structures like a giant inflatable bubble, glowing light maze, and a "cosmic abyss". The whole installation features bespoke sound, light and even scents that are activated as guests explore the dreamscape.
In April, the team installed two new installations. One is a talking projection that uses artificial intelligence (kind of like Siri or Alexa) to answer questions and chat to you. The other is a series of interactive sound cylinders that allow you to hear sound in a relatively new way.
The experience comes from the imagination of Australian creative Nick Ennis, who has brought it to life thanks to a team of architects, musicians, fashion designers, light projectionists, audio-visual artists, sculptors, stuntmen and circus performers. Ennis says: "We wanted to create a play experience that elevated you out of the digital fog and snapped you into the now."
Imaginaria has been extended right through to May 23 at the District Docklands (find it beneath the Melbourne Star). Tickets start at $24.