Saturday June 23, 2018
Our 12th annual Belgrave Lantern Parade promises another amazing celebration of creativity and community in the Hills.
Each year the Lantern Parade brings together the community of the Hills in a celebration of friendship, light, warmth and creativity on the shortest day of winter. The street is reclaimed for the people and thousands flock to take part in one of best and biggest community-made spectacles as hundreds of lanterns line the main street, accompanied by drummers, dancers and performers of all sorts. There’s also a lineup of fabulous performers and events before and after the Parade, and the Parade Village with fire pits, food stalls and community signing into the night.
2018 promises more big lanterns from more groups in the community, coming together in the weeks and months leading up to the parade and working with our Hill’s own Lantern Artists to create awe inspiring large group lanterns of special significance.
Volunteer and be part of the fabulous team that makes the parade happen!
Volunteering at the lantern parade is a great way to help celebrate our creative community
In fact, the event simply wouldn't happen without this vital support.
Volunteering is a great way to get even more out of this wonderful annual community event.
Lantern Making Workshops
Get your Lantern's ready for the Parade! Workshops are divided into makers skill level, and price is reflective of the materials needed to complete your lantern. When booking your session you will be able to choose the skill level best suited to you as a lantern maker, from simple to advanced.
We will be making lanterns to a higher level of complexity, they take longer and demand more from you, but are superbly satisfying to make. What has your imagination desired to make? but you just need a bit of guidance to achieve. If you'd like to stretch your lantern making skills to the next level this is the workshop for you. Numbers will be limited. Bring images/drawings to assist with visualising your ideas. you probably wont finish the lantern on the day, but you will go home with all the skills needed to complete it.
ADVANCED - Sun 20th May 1 - 4PM
ADVANCED - Sat 9th June 10AM - 1PM
A lantern workshop to suit all ages and skill levels.
Simple Lanterns - We will have the choice of small pyramids, creative milkbottle shapes including mudcrabs and chickens and balloon lanterns.
Intermediate lanterns - trickier shapes to make and more time needed to complete - a variety of star shapes and snow flakes, larger pyramids using curly cane creating shadow effects. You may not finish this in the workshop time but will have the skills to complete it.
SIMPLE/INTERMEDIATE - Sun 27th May 1 - 4PM
SIMPLE/INTERMEDIATE - Sat 2nd June 10AM - 1PM
SIMPLE/INTERMEDIATE - Sun 10th June 10AM - 1PM (Free Community Workshop)
SIMPLE/INTERMEDIATE - Sat 16th June 10AM - 1PM
SIMPLE/INTERMEDIATE - Sun 17th June 10AM - 1PM
If you’d like to become a part of the Belgrave Lantern Parade, or know more:
General Inquiries; Facebook or via Burrinja 9754 8723
Remember to walk, ride, catch a train or share a lift to the Parade in 2018 – and leave the car at home!
ABOUT THE BELGRAVE LANTERN PARADE & WINTER SOLSTICE
The Parade celebrates the Winter Solstice – our shortest day of the year. It marks the midst of Winter in our cycle of seasons, but most importantly it heralds the turning point – the new beginnings as we turn toward Spring and the blossoms of the Hills that are just around the corner.
The Winter Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night. All over the world people come together in their communities to acknowledge this important moment, celebrating with festivals, food, music, rituals, costumes, arts and more. Come and express yourself with your lanterns, your outfits, with your community group, with your sense of creativity and your festive spirit.