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.
LUMINOUS EVENT TIMINGS
Food stalls and entertainment from 5pm
South Bank Parklands
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.
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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. Find out more about Inclusive Tourism at https://www.lgnsw.org.au/inclusivetourism
World Music Artists – LUMINOUS Lantern Parade 2019
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