The Bathurst Court House will not be a featured building for illuminations at this year's Winter Festival due to ongoing restorative works, but a reworked format promises to energise the attractions like never before.
From June 26 until July 11, various areas of the Bathurst CBD will come to life in a sea of colour and light, with more local streetscapes expected to feature.
Sydney-based designers ESEM Projects will again lead the design process for the illuminations, with input from local and external artists.
Bathurst mayor Bobby Bourke said the revamped direction for the light shows will be dubbed the Illumination Light Walk.
"The light walk is a new element that stretches through town, from William Street to Howick Street, George Street, Keppel Street all the way down to the Rail Museum on Havannah Street," Cr Bourke said.
"Highlights include work by Wiradyuri 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."
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre will also host Patch Theatre's Firefly Forest and Glow: an immersive magical lighting installation which was set for last year's festival prior to COVID-19.
Cr Bourke said the opening night of the festival will make use of Tremain's Mill for an interactive projection project called BYO Beamer.
"The event will involve small, independently crafted films and creative projections on show outdoors, and will serve as part of the worldwide BYO Beamer movement," he said.
"We're inviting anyone with an interest in projection art and video art to get involved."
The festival will also encourage residents and businesses to produce their own displays as part of the Brighten Up Bathurst competition.
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