Festival of Light and Peace

ILLUMIN8 has evolved out of the very successful Festival of Light and due to demand become a weekend event. This year is also particularly significant as it welcomes home the internationally known Jade Buddha for Universal Peace.


ILLUMIN8 celebrates peace and harmony inspired by Buddha’s life, held annually at The Great Stupa. Visitors can walk through the Peace Park and interact with different light installations, travelling from one stage to the next experiencing multicultural performances. Browse market stalls, eat delicious vegetarian & vegan food and features a spectacular animated light and fireworks show. Note; fireworks show on Saturday evening only.


There will also be special Buddhist activities and the consecration of the Jade Buddha happening on Friday 18 May. This is open to the public 9am – 5pm and is available on donation. Note; most ILLUMIN8 activities do not begin until 12pm Saturday.


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Opening Times:

Saturday 19 May 2018 – 12pm to 9pm

Sunday 20 May 2018 – 12pm to 8pm


Adult - One-day pass$15.00

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Adult - Weekend Pass$20.00

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Concession - One-day Pass$12.00

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Concession - Weekend Pass$17.50

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Child - One-day Pass$5.00

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Child - Weekend Pass$7.50

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BYO Accommodation Weekend Package$100.00

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Car Parking One-day Pass$5.00

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When purchasing a one-day pass, please specify the day you wish to attend for each attendee.


BYO Accommodation package includes:

  • Up to two night’s accommodation                    (Fri and Sat)
  • Access to all days of the ILLUMIN8 Festival (Fri, Sat and Sun)
  • Up to seven Vietnamese catered meals    (Fri, Sat and Sun)
  • Parking (Fri, Sat and Sun)

Getting There:

ILLUMIN8 takes place at 25 Sandhurst Town Road, Myers Flat, Victoria.


Car parking is available over the weekend and pre-purchased tickets of $5 per car, per day must be made above.


Coach buses will be running to and from Bendigo Train Station – The Great Stupa throughout the weekend. The fee is gold coin donation on boarding the bus, each way.


Drop-off point will be available over the weekend. Please advise you’re dropping off when you get stopped at the gate. Strictly no parking at drop off point.


Trains will be running on their regular schedule to the Bendigo Train Station over the weekend. Please visit for more information and scheduling.  


On site


  • For accommodation in Bendigo, please visit the Bendigo Visitors Centre website HERE or call on 1800 813 153.


  • Vegetarian and vegan food stalls on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May 2018
  • Dining hall offering Vietnamese breakfast, lunch and dinner for on-site accommodation


ILLUMIN8 aims to create a community event that welcomes all people to be part of the day. The Great Stupa offers accessibility throughout the site, including clear internal and external signage, clear paths, accessible bathroom facilities with sign-posted directions and slip resistant floor and ground surfaces. On the day there will be accessible carparks.