The Lismore Lantern Festival features an array of illuminated sculptures
and artworks that reflect the 2007 theme: Re-Enchanting the Dream. The
festival's celebrations include a parade with bands, street performers
and an arts and crafts market.
Venue: Lismore, NSW
Date: Saturday 23 June and Sunday 24 June 2007
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In 1994 the first Lismore Lantern Parade was held in response to community concerns about antisocial behaviour and economic decline in Lismore's CBD, bringing people into the often deserted city centre in a safe and celebratory environment. The Lantern Parade was also seen by local artists and performers as a way for the community to honour the cycles of the seasons in an authentic, contemporary celebration.
The Inaugural Lismore Lantern Parade was organised by the Lismore Folk Trust Inc as a lead up to the Lismore Folk Festival held later that year.
There were just a few hundred people at the first lantern parade in 1994. Slowly over the years the lanterns have become a community tradition, appearing at many other community events and around the region and beyond. Plans are afoot for travel overseas in the near future! In 2006 over 25,000 happy people filled the streets of Lismore on the longest night of the year.