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The first round of artists has been announced for Lismore City Council’s new three-night festival, SHINE – Lismore Festival of Light, which will be held between 19 and 21 August 2021.

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

“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,” she said.

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.

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” she said.

“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.