It is a feast of the imagination from the Lismore community and Wednesday saw the launch of the what will be the 25th Lismore Lantern Parade.
‘Imagine – bizarre medieval fayre meets carnivale and goes to the circus. Coming from the dark into the light – this is the Lismore Lantern Parade,’ say organisers.
This years festival will span three days beginning on Friday June 21 with a gala concert at City Hall with the Moorambilla Voices, MaxedOUT Ensemble from Far West NSW and over a hundred young Lismore people presenting works by three emerging Australian composers and Lismore’s own Tilly Jones.
From 10am on Saturday it will be Finland games at the KidsArtFest – with lots of wonderful creative activities for kids of all ages. There will be a retrospective photographic exhibition in the Lismore Regional Gallery and the inaugural Buskers’ Festival throughout the CBD.
The Lantern Parade will then leave Market Street at 5.30pn and wind its glittering way to the Quad and Fredrick’s Car Park for the Fiery Finale – an amazing feast of fire art, lanterns, pyrotechnics and a bonfire before a celebratory firework display.
Finally at dusk on Sunday night, a small flotilla of lantern lit kayaks and canoes will sail down the River from Ballina Bridge to the Winsome Hotel to celebrate the birthplace of the Lantern Parade 25 years ago.
If you are interested in getting head to the Lantern Parade website.