Held annually in May, ILLUMIN8 is a two-day event that celebrates peace and harmony inspired by Buddha’s life. The festival commemorates the birth, enlightenment and passing of Buddha.


ILLUMIN8 is a family friendly event celebrating peace and harmony through different light installations, cultural performances, food and market stalls, family entertainment and a spectacular animated light show and fireworks on The Great Stupa.


With different activities across the weekend, immerse yourself in all the experiences the festival has to offer. Wander the Peace Park and interact with different light sculptures, be amazed by the on-stage and roving performers, take a selfie with the Stupa, enjoy delicious vegetarian and vegan food, join in on activities with the kids in the family area and browse market stalls.


Don’t miss the highlight of the event – on Friday and Saturday nights view an incredible animated light projection on The Great Stupa telling the story of Buddha’s life, finished with an amazing show of fireworks.


Make sure you following the Facebook event for exciting announcements!


17-18 May 2019


Friday 17: 4-8pm


Saturday 18: 10am-8pm


Click here to purchase tickets


Children under 5 are free


The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion


Bendigo, Australia

Getting There:

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


Car parking will be available over the whole weekend with a gold-coin donation to the Maiden Gully SES


Disability parking will be available to anyone with mobility issues


Drop-off point will be available over the weekend.


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



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


ILLUMIN8 2019 will have a wide choice of vegetarian and vegan options to sate anyone’s appetite!

If you’re interested in becoming a vendor please visit the vendor page.


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.

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