Launch of St Mary's Cathedral light show

2012 light show

This year's annual beautiful laser projection show on the facade of St Mary’s Cathedral will be launched on Thursday by the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell.

Hosted by the Archdiocese of Sydney and produced by AGB Events, this fast-growing Sydney tradition is in its fourth year. Last year it attracted more than 350,000 people and this year will once again be on every night from 8.30pm right up to and including Christmas Day night.

Last year Lights of Christmas projects an incredibly creative animated light and audio display onto the 75- metre high and 33-metre wide sandstone facade of the Cathedral with the forecourt area providing an ideal space from which to gather with family and friends as the story unfolds.

'The emphasis this year is on light and how it is the symbol of life eternal, hope and warmth,' creative director of AGB Events Anthony Bastic said.

'In the first sequence this year we see the story of the nativity unfold as the entire facade of the Cathedral is transformed into an animated stained-glass window. In the second sequence we celebrate the hope and excitement of the night before Christmas, as we enter the world of the spirit of Christmas. In closing we celebrate the Madonna and Child with beautiful images from the Renaissance to modern day.'

The three sequences run for around 14 minutes and are then repeated through the evening to midnight.

The lights will be launched the steps of the Cathedral in the forecourt around 8.15pm on Thursday. This will also be streamed live on the archdiocesan social network xt3.

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