26 June - 11 July

image of building illuminated

In 2021 we're taking you on a journey through the historic heart of Bathurst on the Illumination Light Walk, with stunning light shows at numerous locations around town. Vibrant colours, lights and animated installations will interpret our 2021 Bathurst Winter Festival theme:  People and Place.

Illuminations and light shows are a central part of the Bathurst Winter Festival and this year we are excited to share a wider footprint for the main light show.

We'll be lighting up Bathurst's streets with a reworked format that features new locations, interactive installations, magical spaces and unique collaborations. The theme of People and Place will create a canvas for creativity, collaboration and celebration across the town precinct.

Due to Bathurst Court House renovations, the Court House will not be an attraction this year, but you will see a number of new buildings illuminated as well as some exciting new experiences. 

Key things to look out for

Highlights include work by Wiradjuri visual artist Birrunga, in consultation with his Elders, in George Street; a ‘Colour Riot’ by local artist Sven, and illuminated local portraits by Jane Demspter and Kylie Ledger. Visitors will also get to experience series of unique immersive exhibits, including an outdoor interactive dance installation and new immersive piece by Esem Projects called Superoganism in Machattie Park. We’re also excited to announce the return of the Silent Disco at a new location to be revealed.

Keeping with the focus on local talent, we're also inviting anyone with an interest in projection art and video art to get involved in a special showcase event, BYO Beamer,  happening on Armada Opening Night, at Tremains Mill.

Illumination Details - What's On Where

When: 26 June - 11 July from sundown to 10pm

Cost: Free
Other: On Armada Opening Night (26 June) the Illumination Light Walk will be lined with boutique food, music and fun activities.
Map: Printable Map here

Illumination Light Walk map

1. Pedrottas Lane - Dancing in the Streets

(interactive dance environment)

The laneway hosts an interactive projection installation, featuring passers by and dancers creating video magic as they move. A soundtrack featuring tracks by local electronic music producers including Bathurst's own Tsanga Man should get you dancing!

This project features video tools developed by mathematician, video artist, educator, and soft/hardware designer Andrei Jay.
Learn more at https://andreijaycreativecoding.com/ .

2. 38 William Street - Kaleidoscope

An immersive installation, Kaleidoscope creates on immersive world of colour, sound and movement.

Developed by ESEM Projects, soundtrack by Nigel Cruickshank.

* COLOURING WALL - Macquarie Plaza, William Street - Colour Our Streets * 

Art and photography students from Kelso High have created a massive colouring wall stencil featuring scenes of life on Bathurst’s streets. Come and paint the town any colour you like!

During Armada Opening Night the silent disco will also happen at this location.

3. Post Office Howick Street - Reflections

This installation revisits and expands the highly popular portraits project 2795, produced by Kylie Legder and Jane Dempster in 2015. Updated with additional new content, this installation features portraits of community members old and young, along with brief stories from the lives of participants.

4. 109 George Street  -2BS/BRock projection

A projection curated by Bathurst Broadcasters at their premises. Bringing to life a creative interpretation of winter and a vibrant life in the Bathurst Region. 

5. Machattie Lane - iMovement

A collaboration with young parkour performers from Bathurst PCYC, iMovement features the incredible physical feats of the performers projected and animated throughout the laneway.

6. 179 George Street - Ngurambang Wahluu

Indigenous artist Birrunga Wiradyuri is a practicing visual artist whose narrative works explore the spirituality of the Wiradyuri people, in historical and contemporary contexts. This year’s Festival includes a curated selection of Birrunga’s paintings, in consultation with Elders, that reflect on the ‘Yindyamarra’ way of life for Wiradyuri people: to respect, to go slowly and take responsibility.

7. Machattie Park - Superorganism by Esem Projects

A bespoke sound and light installation created by ESEM, Superorganism creates an uncanny space of wonder and enchantment, reminding us of the importance of trees to the future of our cities and regions.

8. Keystone 1889, 99 Keppel Street - Colour Riot

Watch Keystone building turn into a colour riot before your eyes, as local artist ‘Sven’ gets to work on a large-scale graffiti mural which morphs into a dazzling 3D animation.

9. 70-78 Keppel Street - Banha Belong 

Banha Belong explores place, belonging, and identity in celebration of NAIDOC Week 2021 (Sunday 4
July to Sunday 11 July). This digital artwork is an extension of a mural created by students from Denison College, Kelso High
Campus in June 2021. Participants worked with street artist Sven to identify words, role models, and
motifs that form the basis for stencils overlayed on to giant letters spelling the words BANHA
(Wiradjuri for ‘truly’) and BELONG, creating a powerful, positive message for the community.
Banha Belong is a partnership project between the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council, Bathurst
Regional Council, and Denison College, Kelso High Campus. This project is part of Museums &
Galleries of NSW’s 'Lets Get Digital' initiative, proudly supported by the NSW Government through
Create NSW as part of Arts Restart, and the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund
This is a Bathurst Public Art Project in partnership with GAS.

In addition to Banha Belong, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery is also showing Adaptation, a stunning inflatable installation on show in the BRAG/Library forecourt throughout the festival (day and night). Find out more about Adaptation here.


10. Tremain's Mill, 11 Keppel Street - BYO Beamer (26 June only) and McKillop College Showcase (all nights)

Theatrical lightings and displays will be accompanied by two unique collaborative events with the local community.

BYO Beamer (Bring Your Own Beamer)

Do you love video art, video making, projections and animation? Would you like to show your work at the Bathurst Winter Festival? Tremain’s Mill will be the venue for a special one-night show of projection art with an open invitation for creatives young and old to get involved. You can register your interest here.

McKillop College Showcase
A unique installation will showcase work by MacKillop College STEM students based on the theme Streets of Our Town.

11. Bathurst Rail Museum - A Journey to Town

Journeys by train, old and new, are captured and reworked in this projection installation at the Bathurst Train Museum.