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SPARK 2023

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Join us beneath a vast night sky for SPARK, a cinematic celebration of Lightning Ridge! SPARK is about what makes Lightning Ridge so special – why people come for a few days then stay a lifetime. Sit back under the stars, forget the world for a while and get back to town in time for dinner!

Created by renowned cinematographer, director and editor Martin Fox, sound artist Vic McEwan, local artists and dozens of residents, SPARK stars the people, land, opal and life of Lightning Ridge in Yuwaalaraay country. 

SPARK is a creative initiative of the Australian Opal Centre, developed with the support of Arts NSW, 18 wonderful sponsors and hundreds of community members. Initially developed as a community arts project, it's now an unmissable part of any Lightning Ridge itinerary. SPARK ticket sales support the cultural, scientific and community programs of the Australian Opal Centre, a not for profit, community-initiated organisation established in 1998 by the people of the opal fields.  

When: 6.30 - 7.30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights from Easter until 30 September 2023

Where: AOC Black Opal Heritage Shed, 3 Mile Opal Field, Lightning Ridge

How much: Adult $18, Concession $16, Child $8, Family $50

  • Please arrive no later than 6.15pm
        • We'll provide seating, fire bins and a beautiful big sky
        • You'll wear warm clothes and bring your tickets (please bring your ticket on your phone if you've purchased online)
        • You're welcome to bring blankets, drinks and snacks
        • Visit the Black Opal Heritage Shed (free entry) before or after SPARK to buy T-shirts and souvenirs and see Brilliant Ideas, an exhibition about innovations by ingenious miners and makers in the development of opal mining machinery and methods; and an opal cutting machine that's more than a century old 
        • Rain: indoors, same venue (limited numbers)
          • Group bookings and parties welcome - call 02 6829 1667 or 0403 492 462


                • From Morilla St, turn south onto 3 Mile Road
                • Follow the brown AOC HERITAGE SHED signs and the black SPARK signs (yellow car door route) for 4.1km until you see a large cream-coloured shed. You can also find the AOC Black Opal Heritage Shed on Google Maps
                • Please follow any parking instructions on site 

                SPARK screens on Yuwaalaraay land. We recognise the continuous connection of Yuwaalaraay people and First Nations people on all opal land to their culture, community and country, and thank the Yuwaalaraay participants in SPARK.

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