Bendigo: Illumin8 Festival of Light and Peace

ILLUMIN8 celebrates peace and harmony inspired by Buddha’s life, held annually at The Great Stupa. There will also be special Buddhist activities and the consecration of the Jade Buddha happening on Friday 18 May.


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 view a spectacular animated light and fireworks show.

The Bendigo Chinese Association Lion Team 大金山瑞獅 – BCA will return for ILLUMIN8 2018. Bringing their famous energy, enthusiasm and entertainment to the festival.



Ticketing for this event is required. Please visit for prices.

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

  • Camp sites – tents provided $150pp twin share or $180pp single – all enquiries to
  • Camp sites – BYO tents/camper vans etc. ($100pp ticket price)
  • Accommodation at the Atisha Centre call 03 5446 3336 or email


  • 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





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