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An initiative of Bathurst Regional Council, the Bathurst Winter Festival came to life in 2015, as part of celebrations marking the bicentenary of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s proclamation of Bathurst as a town. The festival continues to be owned, managed, operated and promoted by Bathurst Regional Council.
This annual festival extends across all sixteen days of the winter school holidays.
The businesses and residents of Bathurst embrace the festival, adding activities to the program of events, decorating their shop fronts and homes and creating a colourful carnival of welcome that extends across the festival’s sixteen days.
Stunning illuminations have been a part of the festival from the very beginning, telling history, lighting up imaginings and bringing community together to acknowledge and celebrate all aspects of the Bathurst Region – people, place, heritage, culture, past, present and future.
The Bathurst Winter Festival is a marquee event on NSW’s calendar and is growing each year, proving winter really is the best season.
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
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.