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Belgrave Lantern Parade 2013

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it's Free, it's local, it's winter solstice, it's fun
What a romantic name, loved it from the moment I heard it. Spiritually I supported the event - winter solstice is a magic time and it's concept fits neatly, I even drove some economic support its way. But, hey, I then did a bit of research, checked out the actual event from previous years and I was blown away. A real live parade down a main street where everyone can join in.

So what is impressive about the event? It's totally run and organised by young artists in the community who have the gumption to haggle and heckle and beg for funding for the project to get up and go. It a recurring event - so these artists have repeated their success. They earn a few bucks along the way for materials and from sponsors, giving workshops at the local library, get some sponsorship from the local council, (I've only just started to appreciate the huge efforts of Cr Samantha Dunn since I've been on a few Boards). They still have problems paying their mortgages and don't get the kudos for the great negotiators and communicators they are.

But, to the event next weekend, check out Google Images for the Belgrave Lantern Festival, that is where I got my understanding of the scope of this Lantern Festival. A joyous solstice festival on the shortest day of the year. One to take the kids to, but knowing these young artists one where there will be great music and supporting activities, for adults, young and old.

So, Saturday 22nd I hope the weather is fine, because I'm taking Bobby to the Festival to enjoy the lanterns and magic of winter solstice. As I said, I never read the blurb, I just turn up and enjoy. I know there were lots of other activities mentioned on that website - Bobby and I can enjoy them as we find them from 4.30pm onward.

There's also Lantern Making workshops at the Belgrave library on the Saturday Morning, and the Lantern Parade website has some really simple plans and instructions on "How to make Lanterns".

The website also has a map of the route that the Parade is taking.
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Why? it's Free, it's local, it's winter solstice, it's fun
When: Saturday 22nd June 2013
Where: Belgrave Street Festival
Cost: Free
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