LUMINOUS Lantern Parade 2018
Shedding Light on Settlement
One of the most anticipated events on the Brisbane calendar, the 11th annual LUMINOUS Lantern Parade celebrates Queensland Week by highlighting the strength of our cultural diversity, our heritage, our people, places and history, giving all Queenslanders the opportunity to say “Welcome” to our newest Australians.
This free event unites government, community leaders, multicultural communities and everyday Queenslanders, capturing our imaginations with its spectacular use of light as it illuminates the South Bank precinct to symbolise hope and create welcome.
LUMINOUS 2018 features an array of new lanterns and special programs to celebrate 20 years of MDA. Some of the larger lanterns include a koala, owl, kangaroo and rainbow serpent, as well as iconic Brisbane landmarks including the Story Bridge and City Hall.
LUMINOUS parade walkers can either carry a small hand-held lantern, or join another community group with a large lantern.
More than 15,000 people are expected to be part of the spectacle of light and sound, set against the backdrop of the River City.
The event concludes with a vibrant free concert on the Cultural Forecourt. See the talented line-up below, and follow our Facebook page for updates.
Don’t forget! You can be a shining ‘star’ in this spectacular LUMINOUS constellation!
The first 3,000 people who register to walk in the LUMINOUS Lantern Parade receive a free LED Candle to walk with and add their very own shining star to the spectacular constellation of LUMINOUS Light!
Just RSVP below and come to the Registration marquee before 6pm on the night to claim your free LED candle (while stocks last)!
LUMINOUS World Music Stage Artists
Mariachi bands from Mexico are those merry minstrels with big hats, big guitars and big hearts that have graced many a Hollywood film wedding set.
One of Australia’s leading Mariachi bands, The Mad Mariachi are a a seamless fusion of Mexican, Latin, Jazz and Western Pop . Australia’s leading exponents of Mexican Mariachi Wedding music – complete with big guitars, big hats, and even bigger voices, will headline LUMINOUS’ stellar line-up of World music artists.
Bolivia Marka Dancers – fresh from Bolivia’s spectacular Oruro Carnival, Jaime Moscoso and family and friends come complete with lavish costumes, colourful masks and gorgeous dance moves!
Cachicamo Latin Harp – Sandra Real on virtuoso Latin Harp and Elkin Bernal on Quatro Armadillo guitar and percussion – complete with their highly rhythmic kids on bass and keyboards – a truly talented Colombian family!
Sahara Middle Eastern Dance Company – one of Queensland’s most mesmerising Middle Eastern Dance ensembles – an oasis of refreshing melody and mystical movement!
Queensland Police Pipes and Drums – one of Australia’s finest Pipe and Drum bands. With rousing bagpipe marches and precision drumming, Queensland Police Pipes and Drums will join forces with the Queensland Rwandan Drummers for an explosive display of rhythm and Celtic melody!
Bollywood Dhamaka – Asha Shah and her dancers from Bollywood Dhamaka bring their energetic dances to DJ Vijay’s unique Bollywood spin!
Miramar Syrian Dance Group – Miramar and her dancers from Syria have graced many a public event including dancing for the Premier at Government House and for the Woodford Folk Festival.
DJ Levee – Young Sudanese DJ – ‘DJ Levee’ has a vast repertoire of everything from Rap to World to Hip Hop to Heavy! Join the pre-parade dance throng to liven up the night!
Direct from Melbourne, spin doctor and singer, DJ Vijay, bringing his very own sensuous slant on Bollywood music