A decade of lighting the way for new Queenslanders

The spectacular LUMINOUS Lantern Parade will light up South Bank on Friday 9 June with a dazzling array of over 400 lanterns, many of which are made by community groups and schools across Brisbane.

2017 is the 10 year anniversary of the event, which is now established on the annual Queensland calendar as a show of welcome for new Queenslanders, including refugees, international students, people seeking asylum and migrants.

This free event unites government, community leaders, multicultural communities and everyday Queenslanders in a very public gesture of support and welcome for our newest Queenslanders.

The larger lanterns are designed and made by MDA and LightnUp Inc a community-based arts organisation from Lismore in NSW and are inspired by the dramatic interplay of light and shadow through a range of unique creations from sea creatures to birds and mythical creatures. They also include Australian characters such as Dame Edna Everage, the colourful Clown fish of the Great Barrier Reef and even the Story Bridge.

LUMINOUS parade walkers can either carry a small hand-held lantern, or join another community group with a large lantern – or carry an LED candle (available for purchase at Registration Marquee for $2 per candle) – or simply walk and join the colourful event.

More than 15,000 people are expected to join the spectacular lantern parade from 6.00 pm – 6.45 pm at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt as it winds its way through South Bank.

The event concludes with a vibrant world music concert from 6.45 pm – 8.00 pm featuring the Rwandan Cultural Dance Group, Bolivia Marka, Aboriginal performer Geoffrey Fabila, Future Fidel, Cook Islands Dance Group and Izalco Latin Band.

The event is proudly supported by

TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy Services (TELLS), SUNCORP,
CS Net, Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma