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

In 2022 the festival theme is 'Creative Lives'. 

The theme is designed as a joyous celebration of the spirit of creativity across the region, conjuring the sparks of magic that happen when creative spirits collide.
This Vision creates an open canvas for wide participation and celebration, welcoming First Nations storytellers, young people, people from diverse backgrounds, seniors and local creative professionals and artists alike into the
program.

Coming after the 2021 Covid-19 lockdowns, Creative Lives celebrates the role of creativity in building strong and resilient communities, and invites parallel programming opportunities that engage the community in hands-on, interactive experiences and workshops.