More than 1000 creative spirits are soaring in Bellingen this week as participants laugh, sing, sculpt, and dance their way through Camp Creative's 20th anniversary. Patron, tutor and top-selling novelist Bryce Courtenay described the popular summer camp as 'the major thing happening in Australia this year'. "People find the courage to be themselves and they blossom here," Mr Courtenay said. What started as a small music circle has grown into a week of 54 packed workshops catering for everyone from 8 to 98. Pictured here is a group of happy campers making statues from cotton fabric and wire, known as 'wraptoire'. On Friday night a free street party outside the Bellingen Council Chambers will feature David Helfgott and international flautist Jane Rutter among other artists.