DBCT Illuminate



There is NO ENTRY through Gates 3 and 4, at tonight's DBCT Illuminate.

To improve your experience, the main trail is changing to a one-way flow of traffic.

You must enter through either Gate 1, or 2 for the main trail.

You can watch String Symphony at Gate 5 at any time during your session, but will only be able to access the main trail through Gate 1 and 2, so please plan accordingly.

If you decide to start at String Symphony, you can get to Gates 1 and 2 via the River Street Footpath.

To speed up your entry into the event, please;

- Arrive at least 15 minutes before your session start time

- Have your tickets ready

- Check in using the Check-in QLD App BEFORE you get to the front of the line.

A reminder that sessions are 45 minutes long, after which time, the trail is cleared for the next session to enjoy.

22 - 24 July |
6pm - 9pm
Mackay Bluewater Trail
Caneland Park to Bluewater Quay

A rainbow sea of interactive neon wire sculptures that change shape, a network of ropes waiting to come to life and a flexible, interactive music installation await you along the Bluewater Trail for DBCT Illuminate 4.0.

DBCT Illuminate shifts gears and venues in 2021! Interactive installations taking up residency along the Bluewater Trail include String Symphony - a giant illuminated puppet. Hand-woven using more than one kilometre of rope, the giant illuminated puppet is brought to life by you and the team from Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

Tiptoe through a geometric garden of giggles, splats, squishes and pops at Electric Meadow, brought to you by the creative geniuses at The Indirect Object.

At Morphology, bend, twist and shape the long lengths of neon wire into your own unique designs!

Along your journey you’ll discover community creations thanks to local artist Wanda Bennett and the talented lighting team at the MECC bring the trail to life with a striking palette for you to soak up on your journey between installations.

Download the DBCT Illuminate Map here.

How to attend in 2021

DBCT Illuminate will run in three x45-minute sessions each night at 6pm,7pm and 8pm. Each session will have a limited capacity.

Ticket sales will close 3pm on the day of the event.


Tickets are free – book up to a maximum of six.

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Before Event: There are 5 different entry gates. Plan where you want to spend your time and use the nearest entry. See map for details.

Please read these frequently asked questions before attending

FREE Workshops at Caneland Central

Thanks to Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal! Join local artists to build your own creation.

Date: 6th, 8th, 17th, 18th July 2021
Times: Session 1: 10am-12pm | Session 2: 1-4pm
Location: Caneland Central, next to Myer and main entrance on ground level (Old Blue Illusion shop).

Create your own lantern or UV arts and crafts creation to be on display at DBCT Illuminate. A fun ALL  AGES workshop that's great for big people too!!

Participants can book to attend both sessions in one day (a great idea if you want to make something large and more intricate).

Children 13yrs and under must be accompanied by an adult, this adult must also book in for a spot.

Workshops hosted and facilitated by local artists: Lalune Croker, Cheb Jefferies, Lisa Roebig Holmes, Tracey Johnson and Wanda Bennett.

Limited numbers for each session due to COVID social distancing restrictions.

Workshops running 2 sessions each day, book in for your place now.

For session times and to book tickets click here.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre - FREE WORKSHOP

Paper Bag Puppets – Ages 6 to 8

Friday 23 July – 9.30am to 10.30am 

Lynette Denny Space

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Children and adults must register their attendance.

A whole world of curious creatures can be discovered from a lot of crumpling, folding and sticking. This puppet making experience encourages children to explore how everyday materials like paper can be transformed into living, breathing puppets.

Book Now! 

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre - FREE WORKSHOP

Performing and Puppetry – Ages 9+

Saturday 24 July – 9.30am to 10.30am

Lynette Denny Space

All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Children and adults must register their attendance.

Acting, story creation, puppet manipulation and play. This workshop introduces children to puppetry and performance skills through improvisation and storytelling.

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ARTIST TALK - Connection, Community and Belonging

Thursday 22 July, 10am to 11am

MECC North Foyer

This is a free community event. Patrons are required to QR scan in upon arrival.

Have you ever thought of creating your own exhibition or performance, but it seems impossible? You don’t know where to start? The resources supporting Mackay artists are there, you just need to know where to look! Join us on a close-up panel discussion as experts delve into how events such as String Symphony, Mackay Festival of Arts and Artspace Mackay Exhibitions come to fruition.

Hear Shane and Kylie from SPPT, as they discuss the intention, process and creation of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s large-scale marionette, Leor and the interactive performance work, String Symphony.

Also, hear industry experts Tracey Heathwood (Artspace Mackay) and Wanda Bennet (Mackay Festival of Arts) as they share their insights and expertise to help you bring your project to life.

Shane Adamczak - Shane Adamczak graduated from WAAPA in 2003 and has since gone on to become a stalwart of the West Australian Theatre and Improv scene. A Fringe Festival veteran of over 60 festivals worldwide and “One of Perth’s most successful independent theatre creators” (The Sunday Times), Shane is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of Independent Theatre Company Weeping Spoon Productions.  Over the past decade he has worked on numerous projects with Spare Part Puppet Theatre including Cat Balloon, The Bunyip Of Berkley’s Creek, String Symphony, The Last Numbat and both national and regional tours of The Little Prince.

His most recent original work is a play about a man who lives in another man’s beard called The Ballad of Frank Allen, which won the coveted JUST FOR LAUGHS award (Best Comedy) at The Montreal Fringe.

Tracey Heathwood Tracey has worked in the regional arts sector in Queensland for more than 20 years including positions with Flying Arts Inc., Artspace Mackay, Crossroad Arts Inc. and Mackay Regional Council. Her appointment as Director of Artspace Mackay in January 2018 saw her return to regional galleries after working as a freelance curator, project manager and arts consultant. In her role as Artspace Mackay Gallery Director, Tracey leads a team of professional gallery staff in providing a high-quality community facility; an inspirational exhibition program; a growing, relevant art collection and engaging public programs. Central to the role is the implementation and coordination of effective and efficient policies and practices relevant to the gallery and its programs, with the aim of providing the community of Mackay and visitors to the region access to high-quality arts and cultural development programs. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art and is a practicing printmaker.

Wanda Bennett Wanda has been working in the arts industry in Australia and the UK since 1990 and completed her Masters of Contemporary Art degree at the University of Tasmania in 2009. As a Regional Arts Project Officer for CQRASN ( Central Queensland Regional Arts Service Network) , Wanda has helped coordinate and event plan many arts-based opportunities across Central Queensland, and is a huge supporter of cultural events in Mackay and surrounding districts. Wanda also works as an Arts Development Officer for Mackay Regional Council, overseeing the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) for local emerging and established Artists.

Jessica Harlond-Kenny - Jessica Harlond-Kenny is an Australian-based artist specialising in puppetry and performance.

After completing 16 months specialized training in 2012 with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (SPPT), Jessica found her niche within Object Theatre, a sub-genre of Puppetry. Jessica was brought in as a Spare Parts company associate performing with Hachiko, Harebrain, Velveteen Rabbit and the upcoming production of The Twits. 2017 will also see her continue her engagement with Sensorium Theatre Company on their 2016 Helpman Nominated Children’s work – Oddeysea as they embark on an Australian National Tour. Thus far her career and professional development has been supported through Australia Council, WA Department of Culture and the Arts funding and intensive training with Edith Cowan University, Auquetopia, Mexico, Stages WA and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

Forming her own production house, Cracked Egg Productions, Jessica is in constant collaboration with other artists creating new works. Exploring object theatre in the creation of The Hardest Way to Make an Omeltte, La Llorna and See Ya Sailor Man (Collaborative Creation)and offering her puppetry and devising expertise on Feet First Collective’s, Frankenstein: Some Assembly Required. Jessica is committed to continually working in collaboration with established and emerging creative’s, feeling that a diverse approach to theatre creates generous and overwhelming results.

Lalune Croker - Lalune is a Mackay based Artist specialising in Sculpture, Installations, Lanterns, Murals and Community Art projects. She has studied sculpture and design and collaborated over 20 years with a wide variety of diverse and talented artists on Public Art pieces and Community Art projects. She exhibits regularly and is experienced in grant applications, acquittals and Project Management. Lalune has regular residencies with several local festivals and facilitates a wide variety of workshops in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Shires.

Jack Sturgeon Stage

The Jack Sturgeon Stage is back in 2021. Grab your spot early in the night and settle in under the stars for a night of variety from the incredible local talent from 6pm daily.

Location: Caneland Park next to Bluewater Lagoon

Eat + Drink

Enjoy some delicious Festival favourites - grab a bite to eat at the entertainment hub before you head off on the trail, and maybe enjoy dessert afterwards?

Just Tuk’n Around

They’re fun, environmentally friendly, feet friendly and free! If you need a quick trip back to the city centre or back to the start of the trail, grab a tuk tuk, sit back and relax. Let the free pedicab service deliver you to your destination! Limited to specific pickup/drop off locations.

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