Image: Photography by Natsky
lismore lantern parade
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 travelling 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 Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music and the grass roots arts organisation Creative Lismore.
Like so many other events across the World affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lismore Lantern Parade has also had to postpone the annual event which was to be held on Saturday 20 June until 14 November 2020. We hope that the pandemic will soon be over and we can all come together to celebrate at this time. But until then, we will be pivoting to adapt to change.
Watch this space.