Fairies to join in spirit of the fair

By NERIDA BLOK

ANNA MACKNEY earns a living making characters out of insects.

The 34-year-old sculptor makes butterfly fairies, which she calls 'silfs'.

"Spirited individual life forms, of which we have many on the Northern Rivers," said Anna, who lives at The Channon.

Anna is looking forward to returning to this year's Lismore Lantern Parade Fair on June 18 to sell her silfs.

"I was born here and I like the energy in Lismore ? all the creative people and the diversity," she said.

"I think the festival notion in Lismore is fantastic."

One of the organisers of the event, Sara Tinning, said the fair was in its second year as the main entertainment preceding the night-time Lismore Lantern Parade.

Parents of Vistara Primary School children are also helping with the organisation.

Sara said the Lantern Parade Fair brought colour and activity to the Lismore CBD ? from stalls selling quality local art, crafts and regional cuisine, to free dance, circus and yoga workshops.

Sara said for those wishing to sit back and relax there would be a chill-out space, or if you were after something with a bit more pace, there was lively musical stage performances, including the Goonellabah Children's Choir and the band, Box Monsters.

This year's Lismore Lantern Fair will be held in a new location, between Spinks Park and the western end of Magellan Street.

Activities start at 10am and finish at 4pm, in time for the Lantern Parade at 5.30pm.

Vistara Primary School is an independent school at Richmond Hill, with a neohumanist approach to education. The fair raises money for the school and gives children and parents an opportunity to create a vibrant com- munity event.



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