26 June - 11 July

image of street performers in costume

Each year we share a theme for the festival that shapes the decorations, illuminations and activities.

In 2021 the festival theme is 'People and Place'. 

Through the theme People and Place we will celebrate everything that makes our community and our region special: individuals and groups, diversity, four seasons, heritage, activities, culture, entertainment, resilience and more. Familiar faces and quiet places. Keep an eye out for the unique interpretations of this year's theme as you wander along the Illumination Light Walk and check out the Brighten Up Bathurst locations around town.