Join the spirit of welcome with a lantern parade & concert
The Luminous Lantern Parade on June 10, is a free celebration of welcome for migrants and visitors to Queensland. This includes migrants, international students, refugees and asylum seekers. Of course everyone is welcome to attend.
The key event of the evening is the Lantern parade featuring colourful lanterns created both by local community lantern markers as well as the fabulous creations from LightnUp Inc. Lanterns on the night come in all shapes and sizes, including koalas, owls, pianos, people, guitars and much much more.
The parade will make its way around the parklands starting at 5 pm and end up near QPAC building in the cultural forecourt. Ideally you want to be there around 5:30 or 6 pm to see the parade. You can wait where the parade will end or you can wander around the parklands in search of the lanterns and then tag along with the parade.
From 6:30 the music starts. The concert this year is in the cultural forecourt, so consider bringing a picnic rug to spread out on the grass. There will be food stalls for the evening and of course there are plenty of places to buy takeaway food in South Bank.
The concert will be a multicultural musical extravaganza and features Brisbane Gypsy Band, Doch, Imanzi Rwandan drummers, Bolivan Marka dancers, Lam Tu Luan Vietnamese lion dancers, the Xango Capoeira group and much more. So maybe you won't need a picnic blanket if you are dancing.
The Luminous Lantern Parade is a great day to celebrate multiculturalism in Queensland. This is not a political event but a day where we can show welcome to the many Queenslanders who have come from other countries.