LUMINOUS Lantern Parade 2019

Queensland says welcome!

One of the most anticipated events on the Brisbane calendar, the 12th 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 and celebrate our diversity.

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 2019 features an array of new lanterns. 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.  Follow our Facebook events page for updates.

MDA acknowledges Jyllie Jackson and LightnUp Inc of Lismore who provide most of the large character lanterns featured in the LUMINOUS Lantern Parade.

Food stalls and entertainment from 5pm
Parade 6.00pm
Concert 6.45pm

Cultural Forecourt
South Bank Parklands


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Please note that your image may be photographed or filmed at any time throughout this event. Your consent to the use of your image, in full or in part for any MDA-related purpose, is taken to be given by attending this event. Should you not wish to have your image photographed or filmed, please inform one of the MDA staff at the event.

WATCH Luminous Lantern Parade 2019 teaser:

Organisations and community groups interested in walking in LUMINOUS can find partnership opportunities through:

Luminous Lantern Parade 2019 Sponsorship Prospectus

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5.00pm Food stalls open on the Cultural Forecourt
6.00pm Parade starts at the Wheel of Brisbane (Download parade route map here.)
6.40pm Parade ends at the Cultural Forecourt by the ABC building
6.45pm Photo opportunities at Lantern Exhibition beside concert stage.
6.45pm Drummers and Parade artists – informal performance on stage
7.00pm World Music Concert begins
8.00pm World Music Concert finishes

MDA’s LUMINOUS Lantern Parade welcomes new Queenslanders so they feel a sense of inclusion and belonging, while celebrating the rich cultural contributions of Queensland’s diverse communities.

Attended by over 15,000 people each year, it is Queensland’s largest welcome event.

LUMINOUS also celebrates Queensland Day, which commemorates Queensland’s birthday.  It is a vibrant celebration the strength of our cultural diversity, our heritage, our people, places and history.

Check out the LUMINOUS 2019 video teaser here.

Community groups and organisations can register to walk in the parade by contacting [email protected].

WE invite all Queenslanders to watch the parade.  Grab your free ticket now!

LUMINOUS is a FREE family-friendly community event suitable for all ages – there’s something for everyone.

If you’re into photography, bring your camera and get some great images of the beautiful lanterns against Brisbane’s cityscape backdrop.

The spectacular LUMINOUS Lantern Parade will wind its way down from the South Bank Cultural Forecourt to the bathing pools and back up the Arbour past the ABC building and into the Cultural Forecourt again for a vibrant world music concert.  Download parade route map here.

The fun doesn’t end when the parade concludes. There’s entertainment, cultural performances and activities in the Cultural Forecourt, along with an array of food stalls and coffee bars with delicacies from around the world within a great festival atmosphere for the whole family.

The concert program is free and will feature the Rwandan Cultural Dance Group, Queensland Police Pipes & Drums, Bolivia Marka Dancers, the Unbreakable Dance Crew, the Miramar Dance Group  and the Izalco Latin Band.

LUMINOUS is organised by Multicultural Development Australia (MDA Ltd), an independent organisation welcoming new Queenslanders with a range of support services fostering independence, prosperity, equality and opportunities for everyone.

MDA’s clients are people from refugee backgrounds, international students, migrants, culturally diverse communities, businesses and governments.

Being in the centre of the city, there are several transport options for getting to South Bank Parklands.


There are two stations – South Brisbane and South Bank, with both located on Grey Street. South Brisbane station is closest to the Cultural Forecourt. Check the TransLink website for timetables and journey planners


Regular bus services run on Brisbane’s Busway to and from the South Bank and Cultural Centre busway stations.

CityCat & ferries:

CityCats and ferries operate daily, traveling between Kangaroo Point, North Quay, and the CBD, stopping at the South Bank River Terminal.

Check the TransLink website for timetables and journey planners


South Bank’s underground car park is located on Little Stanley Street. There are several disabled parking bays located near the lifts that take you to the Cultural Forecourt.


South Bank is an accessible precinct and parkland for all visitors. For more information please visit the Visit Brisbane website

  • The weather is cold in June; remember to bring warm clothes!
  • Avoid bringing large bags to the parade, over 15,000 people attended last year so it can get quite crowded!
  • Bathrooms are available at the South Bank Piazza with temporary toilets positioned near the Brisbane sign.
  • Ensure you view the parade from a safe position where you can easily manage your children.
  • 6 food stalls will be selling food from 5.00pm and after the parade. The food stalls will be located on Cultural Forecourt.
  • LUMINOUS also features a post-parade Lantern Exhibition Area sponsored by Brisbane City Council. Photo opportunities are available close to the World Music Stage.

Fore more information, please contact MDA team at [email protected]

World Music Artists – LUMINOUS Lantern Parade 2019

Headlining LUMINOUS world music concert in 2019 will be Izalco Latin Band – who describe themselves as the Party Kings! Based out of Brisbane. Izalco deliver a hot-blooded, non-stop party experience with a distinct and wildly eclectic Latin flavour. Apart from their command of a whole spectrum of Latin dance styles, and rhythms, they also have an irresistible and colorful folkloric element, with their highly melodic accordion played by bandleader Rene. They also feature an array of traditional percussion, guitars, vocals, drums and bass. Their wall of highly danceable sound consists of a fusion of Latin, Reggae, Caribbean and other surprises thrown in the mix. They have performed at the Woodford Folk Festival will no doubt light up the South Bank Cultural Forecourt on Friday 7 June with their wildly infectious sounds!

The Bolivia Marka dancers are one of the most authentic traditional Bolivian Dance groups outside of Bolivia today and we are thrilled to have them perform at LUMINOUS. Based in Brisbane, they are an Australian national treasure for their highly energetic dances and colorful costumes. Their fearless leader, Jaime Moscoso who hails from the area of the internationally famous Oruro Carnival in Bolivia is the founder of the group. Jaime prides himself on recreating the atmosphere of the annual Oruro Carnival which is registered on the UNESCO register of intangible Cultural Heritage. Jaime and his daughters Mindy and Romina uphold the Bolivian dance tradition in Australia and encourage other members of the Brisbane Latin American community in recreating the vibrant dances. Bolivia Marka  have featured in many prominent Australian festivals including Woodford Folk Festival and the Queensland Multicultural Festival – as well as performing regularly for MDA’s annual LUMINOUS Lantern Parade event on the Brisbane South Bank. Bolivia Marka creates a highly physical and lavish visual spectacle along with their exciting pulsating sound tracks.

The Rwandan Cultural Dance Group, based in Brisbane, is one of the most vibrant dancing and drumming groups practicing outside of Africa today. The group is led by Robert Mukombosi, a leading light of the Queensland African Communities Council (QACC).  The group was established in Brisbane in 2010 and features powerful drumming to accompany the traditional songs and dances – all performed in traditional African cultural attire. The group was established to show the traditions of Rwanda to young members of the community to encourage them to sustain their national traditions and to share them with the broader community in their new home in Queensland. Music and Dance are an integral part of the Rwandan lifestyle – accompanying most social occasions and help to draw the community together. The Rwandan Cultural Dance Group has performed at many significant Australian event including Woodford Folk Festival, MDA World Refugee Day Festival, LUMINOUS Lantern Parade and Australia Day celebrations in Brisbane – as well as many regional events.

A group of six sisters who enjoy listening and dancing around to Afro beat music, this troupe have been performing for three years at festivals, weddings and birthdays. With a great passion for dancing, they one day hope to open their own dance school for other younger kids. They have performed at several festivals including Woodford Festival, Queensland Multicultural Festival and Zillmere Festival.

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