Australians, and in particular Queenslanders, are a pretty welcoming bunch. This Friday the 9th of June, is the 10th anniversary of the annual Luminous Lantern Parade in South Bank.
The Luminous Lantern Parade is a free celebration of welcome for migrants and visitors to Queensland. This includes international students, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Beyond the political message of this event, this evening is a great celebration of Brisbane’s multicultural and diverse community featuring music and performances from all around the world.
This parade is one of the largest festivals of welcome in Queensland and will light up South Bank this Friday with a spectacular array of over 400 lanterns, many of which are made by schools and community groups here in Brisbane.
The night, which will start at 5pm, will feature a lantern parade followed by multicultural entertainment at the cultural forecourt and will finish at 8pm. The key event of the evening is the parade, which features colourful lanterns created by community groups around Brisbane as well as stunning creations made by LightnUp Inc a community-based arts organisation from NSW. These lanterns are inspired by the dramatic interplay of shadow and light through a large range of unique creation from sea creatures to birds to mythical creatures.
The lanterns will come in all shapes and sizes including koalas, owls, guitars, pianos as well as Australian characters such as Dame Edna Everage, the colourful fish of the great barrier reef and even the Story Bridge itself.
There are a couple different options for joining the parade, you can either carry a small hand-held lantern, or join a community group with a large lantern, or you can carry a LED candle which will be available for purchase from the registration marquee for $2 each.
Over 15,000 people are expected to join in the dazzling lantern parade which starts at South Banks Cultural Forecourt and winds its way through South Bank. The event will conclude with a vibrant world music concert starting at 6.45pm featuring performance from Bolivia, Rwanda and Colombia as well as some Australia-based music and dance artists.