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lismore lantern parade

We are  excited to be coming back on 19 June 2021.

With a new venue, a new program and a new story. 

2021 sees the Lismore Lantern Parade celebrate 27 years of bringing light to the heart of our community. In 2019 we celebrated our 25th anniversary, thousands and thousands of people lined the streets and cheered the parade as it danced along. What a wonderful night!

Many of the participants and audience at that Lantern Parade were probably at school themselves at the first parade - what a wonderful inter-generational heritage we have created with our community!

In 2020 we missed so many of you when we were hit by the global pandemic, but we WERE HERE, in the heart of the city with lantern installations, little ‘parades in place’ gardens, driveways and suburbs, and100s of people participated on-line in the Virtual Lantern Parade. A Zoom party linked people, many in lock down, from all over Australia, the USA, Canada and UK. Our favourite gardener Costa dropped in for a chat and to see his name sake lantern glowing away in the CBD gardens.

Every year it seems we have to change something - flooded parklands, renovating sports fields, always something. We have had to RE-IMAGINE the Lantern Parade every year for the last 5 years. We love the challenge of change it keeps us all on our toes.

In 2021, believe it or not, we are still in the grip if a pandemic - so this year is no different, due to NSW Govt COVID Public Health Orders and after a roller-coaster few months the whole event is moving to the LISMORE SHOWGROUNDS, so  once again this year is no different.

We are limited to 5,000 ticket holders so will be selling grandstand and general entry tickets to the festival ON SALE NOW



This year the theme is INNOVATION INSPIRATION REGENERATION celebrating the real-world innovation, creativity and resilience of our community and the positive effect we can have on our future and on our environment.


REGEN EXPO 21                                                                                          
Inspired by our theme we are really excited to announce a new initiative this year the REGEN EXPO 21 showcasing the work of our inspirational regional businesses and organisations. People who think outside the square and are all about innovation, regeneration and sustainable practices.  11am – 4.30pm for everyone to be inspired – not to be missed!



Along-side the Expo we will present a series of speakers, discussion panels and videos hosted by the delightful Scrapboy from ABC television’s DirtGirl and Costa Georgiardis from Gardening Australia.


For creatives committed to a cool - cleaner, greener environment.

The festival is presenting a Green Couture Catwalk Parade - inspired, innovative and outrageous outfits from recycled, found, repurposed designs to be paraded at the Lismore Lantern Parade on the Heartbeats Festival stage and the REGEN Expo and maybe in the lantern parade too.


We are very excited to be partnering with MeMeMe productions, who will be bringing their very cute mobile Alphastreamer to send lve interviews and stories of the lantern parade across the globe via internet!


Back by popular demand, the lantern parade's FABULOUS FESTIVAL FEAST. Tickets on sale soon. 


The parade and finale will be held in the Showground Arena, culminating in our traditional bonfire and fireworks display

(please note we have ordered low impact fireworks, to reduce the effect on the wildlife and domestic pets, but still, please keep your pets inside)



The full program will be on the website soon.

 For those of you who are new to the Lantern Parade here is a bit of our story ...


Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community event held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice.


The event attracts approximately 30,000 people each year and is estimated to contribute $3.4 million to the local economy. With its social, economic and cultural contribution to the City, the event has been formally recognised by Lismore City Council as its signature event.

Each year the Lantern Parade involves participants from Lismore, throughout the Northern Rivers and visitors to the region who have attended workshops in lantern, mask and costume making. School and community workshops start at Easter each year with many other volunteers traveling from across the Northern Rivers region, South East Queensland, around NSW, South Australia and Victoria to participate in this event.


The event is held in Lismore, just one-hour south from the Gold Coast, twenty minutes from iconic Nimbin, and thirty minutes inland from popular Byron Bay. It’s home to around 45,000 people and is surrounded by beautiful, lush countryside, pockets of small villages and nestled between World Heritage Rainforest. It’s a city of contrasts and diversity and is known for its links to the agricultural and dairy industries as well as the Northern Rivers centre for business, education, culture, retail, sport and health. It has a strong connection to culture and the arts through partnerships with Southern Cross University, the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music and the grass roots arts organisation Creative Lismore.