The 2002 event held a particularly Tibetan flavour. Mrs Takla representing the Government of official agency for his Holiness the Dalai Lama joined the Tibet Office in the opening ceremony and together with the of Mayor of Brighton were 2002′s special guests. The compere John Belham-Payne staged the week long events. By this time Occulture had gone up to a thousand ticket holders in a week such was the demand for the event. No longer would Pagans, esotericists, Witches and the like have to endure persecution thanks to the groundswell of support for Occulture.