The District Docklands is getting a glow-up this November as it launches Imaginaria – a magical "future play experience". In layman's terms, Melbourne, you're getting a giant, glowing, otherworldy all-ages playground to explore this summer.
Imaginaria will allow (let's be honest, event-starved) 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.
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 digitalfog and snapped you into the now."
Of course, all of us will have to remain vigilant about transmission even as we open up and events get the green light. The Imaginaria team are implementing a number of measures like controlled capacity, staggered entry, mandatory masks, hand sanitation stations, daily deep cleans and temperature checks to ensure guests have a safe (as well as fun) experience.
Imaginaria will run from November 26 to January 31 at the District Docklands (find it beneath the Melbourne Star). Tickets are available from October 9.