new home for parade

One year on Lismore’s iconic Lantern Parade has not only survived the devastating floods when three metres of water swept through their old workshop and destroyed much of their lanterns, materials and tools. But they have thrived – moving into their new workshop, creating installations for the Commonwealth Games Cultural festival and working on events for an international audience, and planning this year’s lantern parade.

But, rather than a gentle move into this year’s Lantern Parade the team at LightnUp have been dealt another cruel curved ball!!

Their finale home of five years will not be available due to delays with the renovation sof the $2.8 million Oakes Oval upgrade and it will not be completed until July, forcing the Lantern Parade to find a new home for the event on 23rd June.

After a concerted search the 2018 Lismore Lantern Parade will focus in the Lismore Quadrangle, the Conservatorium and Fredricks carpark for the day’s activities and parade finish.

Creative director Jyllie Jackson said the move will cost the event around $23,000 in ticket sales, but she is excited to be using Lismore’s new green space and town square 'The Quad' for the culmination of the 24th annual Lantern Parade. “It’s disappointing news and abig shock, but it’s also provided an opportunity to explore what we can create in this new city space and bring light, life and magic to The Quad,” Jyllie said.

“The LightnUp crew is known for our creative solutions and glass half full attitude. This is a great opportunity for us to imagine something new and bring the vibrance and colour of the Lantern Parade back into the very heart of the city.”

The new theme for the 2018 Lantern Parade is ‘wonderland’ and Jyllie says it will be a cross between an enchanted fairy tale paradise and a colourful fantasy dreamland.

“We will transform the space into a magical wonderland full of light projections, delightful creatures and luminous garden surprises that will amaze and inspire,” she said.

“There will be fire and magic and light and music in the streets. We are very excited.”

“It will be an opportunity for every one to be a part of the enchantment, and become immersed in the wonderland that is Lismore’s heart’ “

Council has assisted the Lantern Parade to make up some of the lost income, but it is not sufficient to meet the costs of this iconic event.

Jyllie is urging the community to please give generously to the donation buckets onthe night and help offset the lack of ticket sales.

“On the night, please bring not just a gold coin but a note – if everyone gave $5, $10 or $20 we could make the $20,000 plus we need to sustain this event each year,” Jyllie said.

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