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The 10th annual Sunshine Lantern Festival is set to take over the busy Sunshine shopping precinct along Hampshire Road, Sunshine on Sunday 15th September 2019, 11am to 8pm.

Get ready to enjoy a huge day of family fun, including live entertainment, rides, street performers, animals, music, dancing, food of many nations, magical Lion and Dragon Dancing, a Lantern Parade to celebrate the full moon and a spectacular fireworks display!

Best of all - entry is FREE!

Regarded as the largest Lantern Festival in Victoria, last year's event attracted over 55,000 festivalgoers! Organisers expect to smash this record in 2019 with a jam-packed line-up of activities and attractions for all ages!

This year, the bustling Hampshire Road, between Devonshire Road and Foundry Road will be closed to all traffic and come alive from 11am with roving street performers, live entertainment, children's rides, jumping castles, pony rides, street food, face-painting, circus activities, sporting fun, lantern making and more.

Look out for the Water Drops stiltwalkers, The Great Gizmo, The Luna Moonies and TV personality Chris Humfrey with a Wild Action kids stage show with Australian native animals which kids can actually touch!

There will also be cultural kids activities including Asian origami, Vietnamese lantern making and Aboriginal craft.

A large performance stage and seating area will burst with multicultural live entertainment such as Aboriginal artist Mick Tambo, who will give us a unique Indigenous experience, One Spirt Africa with a drumming and dance performance to the Vietnamese cultural Legend of the Moon performance, featuring International Vietnamese Artist - Y Thanh.

Later in the day, a vibrant and energetic Lion and Dragon dance, complete with long string fireworks, will take place along the Hampshire Road shopfronts, leading a parade of children and their following families. The parade will be filled with light from 4,000 free battery powered animal-shaped lanterns, ending with an exciting display of fireworks.

The Sunshine Lantern Festival is a popular traditional event celebrated in Vietnam and many other South-East Asian communities and in Sunshine, it brings the culturally diverse community together in a safe and fun environment.

Come along with your friends and family and enjoy the vibrant multicultural festivities!

The Sunshine Lantern Parade is a FREE cultural community event staged and presented by the Sunshine Business Association, supported by Brimbank City Council, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Sweeney Sunshine, Pace Development Group and many Sunshine businesses.

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    When: Sunday 15th September 2019, 11am to 8pm
    Where: 320 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine 3020
    Cost: Free Entry
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