It’s midwinter, the time when Lismore, City Of Lanterns, is flooded by a river of light that winds like a medieval pageant through its streets to the river. As part of the celebrations, the heart of Lismore will radiate with the sound and colour of The Lantern Carnivale.
At the bustling Market de Light you will find local handmade treasures and much delicious food and drink. In addition, young and old will be entertained by a vast array of music and entertainment, including our visiting guests of honour, VulgarGrad.
VulgarGrad are that mysterious band of Russian criminals who have come to steal your hearts and wallets and anything else that’s not nailed down. Fronted by Polish-born gravel-voiced strongman and star of stage and screen, Jacek Koman, VulgarGrad are the only band in the country that play music by, for, and about Russian thieves: raucous drinking songs, melancholy waltzes, manic oompah and hot Soviet-era swing. Be prepared for gun-slinging, vodka-swilling, foul-mouthed disorder, and watch out for the biggest, most triangular instrument around: the contrabass balalaika. You shall dance or the trumpeter will shoot you.
Music, burlesque, kids’ activities – starting at midday and running until late – it’s a free day of family fun. Lantern Parade will light the streets at dusk, and culminate with a spectacular fiery finale!
Tomorrow, Lismore from 10am, parade starts at 5.30pm.