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Strange Fruit perform the Spheres
Photograph: Supplied Strange Fruit performing the Spheres

Four illuminating reasons to go to Penrith's Real Festival

Fill your weekend with free activities and entertainment at the beautiful Nepean River

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Penrith's second annual Real Festival is coming back for three days of art, activities and performances. This annual event is a weekend-long celebration of the river, environment, art and lifestyle (together forming the acronym for the festival’s name). Held at the leafy Tench Reserve by the Nepean River, this year the festival has locked in a terrific line-up to spice up your weekend. Oh, and the whole thing will cost you a grand total of zero dollars. Here are some of the festival highlights. 

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Melbourne based production company Strange Fruit are bringing their awe-inspiring sway pole performances The Spheres to Penrith's Real Festival over two nights. The Spheres is one of their trademark performances and explores themes such as physics, birth and the relationship humans have with the Earth. The whimsical, glow-tastic show is perfect for all ages.

Free. Fri Nov 3 8.30-9.10pm; Sat Nov 4 7.45-8.25 & 9.15-9.55pm.

Remember the plasma globes you used to love touching at the Powerhouse museum? Sonic Light Bubble is like a giant version of the globes, but even more interactive. The four metre high, six metre wide bubble has 200 LED discs on its surface, which allow it to respond to your touch with light and sound. Created by multimedia design studio Eness the bubble is art the whole family will enjoy. 

Free. Fri Nov 3 5-10pm; Sat Nov 4 2-10pm. 


We can't all visit the moon (yet) but we can still imagine what it might be like. That's what inspired Alex Sanson's artwork Nebulous, a six and a half metre tall moving structure. The artist made the work to mimic the experience of viewing the earth from the moon. Its pulsating movement and glittery adornments make the whole world feel like a disco. 

Free. Fri Nov 3 5-10pm; Sat Nov 4 2-10pm.

The Penrith Real Festival's EnviroLife Stage is your chance to experience the ABC, IRL. Hosted by Craig Reucassal (The ChaserWar on Waste) the stage will come alive with activities, talks and demonstrations designed to get you thinking about the environment and your own wellbeing. Reucassal will be joined on stage by Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis and kids can look forward to a special performance by the Lorax (he speaks for the trees, you know). 

Free. Sat Nov 4 2-8pm.

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