Image Credit: Don Barrington


Each year we select a theme to help channel the creative energies of our participants. The theme may be a starting point for some, a reference point for others. It is a catalyst for ideas to go bouncing around between collaborators, a generator and a unifier of content.

The event theme frames the narrative of our Bug and Temple effigies, and the opening and closing ceremonies. It guides artists, theme camps, and performers in their constant quest to reinvent the processes and products of their work.

We select a theme by popular vote, with a poll open to suggestions from any member of the public. At our first two gatherings, the title of the event became the theme. In 2014, PreConception saw a gathering of 90 come together for a weekend to share their creative spirits and talk shop - laying the foundations for the event and the community they imagined. The selection of the name Modifyre for the 2015 event signified a shift, from an imagined future to a tangible present, a dedicated community working together to create something greater than the sum of its parts.

This thematic preoccupation with growth and change has continued with the theme selection for Modifyre 2016 of TRANSFORMATIONS. As we go through the process of turning a radically unstructured collaboration into a self-organising self-determining entity with defined aims and objectives, we are transforming ourselves and our community into agents of our own imaginings.

Theme for 2018


At last year’s event, ‘Once Upon a Time’, we were famously welcomed into the town and community of Inglewood, who celebrated with us in the beautiful surrounds of Yelarbon State Forest. Returning this year to relive the fairy-tale, it is hard to shake the feeling – there really is No Place Like Home…

  MODIFYRE 2018: NO PLACE LIKE HOME | Artwork: Donsky, Chris + Kate

MODIFYRE 2018: NO PLACE LIKE HOME | Artwork: Donsky, Chris + Kate

  MODIFYRE 2016: TRANSFORMATIONS |   Artwork: Mama See + Wick

MODIFYRE 2016: TRANSFORMATIONS | Artwork: Mama See + Wick

  MODIFYRE 2015 |   Artwork: Wick

MODIFYRE 2015 | Artwork: Wick

  PRECONCEPTION 2014 |   Artwork: Artur Scheunert

PRECONCEPTION 2014 | Artwork: Artur Scheunert