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A sample of what you will find at the SHINE festival in August. Artist Kit Webster.

Organisers of the discovery focused light festival that will be held from August 19 to 21 in Lismore, have announced the first round of artists to appear.

Mayor Vanessa Ekins said SHINE’s artistic program will light up Molesworth Street and its laneways after dark with playful, wonder-filled and story rich contemporary artworks.

Mayor Ekins said all the featured artists come from the Northern Rivers, predominately from Lismore. They are Kellie O’Dempsey and Mick Dick, Kit Webster, Marion Conrow, Michael Rogowski, Karenza Ebejer, Roger Foley Fogg, Holly Ahern and Eden Crawford-Harriman, Christine Spedding and Leigh Arnold, Colleen Coy, Dan McDonnell, Real Artworks Inc, Michael Donnelly and Maggie Schreiber.

More artists will be announced soon.

‘This exciting new event will ignite the streets and laneways of Lismore’s CBD, and will attract visitors from around the region that will stimulate the CBD’s economy and local jobs,’ said Cr Ekins.

Festival Event Manager Valley Lipcer said the Festival’s program includes light installations, large-scale projection mapping, shadow puppetry, interactive technology, and video works with the festival supporting and showcasing Lismore’s unique artists, both emerging and established. ‘The SHINE program will feature predominantly new and experimental work by local artists.

‘The creative passion and sophistication of our local artists is incredible. There will be something to inspire and excite everyone during the festival. I can’t wait to see it all light up.’

SHINE is funded by the Federal Government’s Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grant program. It will be held under the NSW COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines.

More details will be announced shortly on www.visitlismore.com.au.

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