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illuminate - festival of art and light

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With something for all ages, spectators can expect a remarkable cultural experience combined with breathtaking performing arts, local music, market stalls and food vendors. As night falls, the free family event encourages visitors, locals, friends and families to stroll through the picturesque town of Picton taking in the enchanted ambiance as an amazing range of local artworks are projected onto landmark buildings to illuminate the historic town.

In the days leading up to the event, and the day of the event, Wollondilly Arts Group together with local artists hold a 3 day Art Exhibition in the Picton Shire Hall which showcases the rich talent of the area.

The Small area of the Picton Shire hall will house the Tunnel Lights display, a childrens art project using recycled materials and power saving LED light technology.

 As the town is glowing in illuminations, children and adults proudly march in the Lantern Parade with paper lanterns they have made in workshops captivating the audience with their creations. The finale is a fireworks spectacular over the historic town capping off a night of colour, light and creativity. 

Wollondilly Shire Council and its innovative team behind Macarthur's most extraordinary illuminating creation, encourages spectators to immerse themselves in what has now become one of the most exciting annual experiences on Wollondilly's cultural calendar, designed to promote public awareness and appreciation of the Southern Regions emerging artists.

This year we have added the exciting IlluminARTe Kids Carnival at the Picton Memorial RSL park! We will have kids amusement rides, sideshow alley games, carnival food and community BBQ!

This years IlluminARTe will host some amazing entertainment, featuring the amazing Missy Lancaster and some other wonderful local bands and performers! Showcasing wonderful local talent from the Wollondilly Shire! 

This years program is now available! Click below to download.

illuminARTe 2018 Program 


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IlluminARTe is proudly brought to you by Wollondilly Shire Council and of course our wonderful sponsors! 

The year we are supported by:

Wollondilly Visitor Information Centre

Music Festival Sponsor - The George IV inn

Kids Carnival Sponsor - Tahmoor Underground - Glencore 

Festival Platinum Sponsors

The MAC- Macarthur Credit Union 


Governors Hill 

Gold Sponsors 

Country Valley

South 32 Illawarra Coal 


Silver Sponsors


Walker Corporation

Country Club Gledswood Hills

NSW Rail Museum

Mc Donalds Picton

Wollondilly Anglican College


Bronze Sponsors 

Bendigo Bank

Picton Bowling Club

Club Menangle

JR Richards

Media Partners


Tony Wolf & Sons

Wollondilly Advertiser

Macarthur Chronicle 


Contact Councils Events Team:

 4677 9656 or for more information.