Last year’s Lantern Festival was spectacular.
Last year’s Lantern Festival was spectacular. Cathy Adams

Lantern Parade countdown begins

FIRE for warmth, light for illumination, food for nourishment and entertainment for all.

What could better fit a midwinter’s night?

When Lismore lights up next Saturday night, it will be a show like no other.

The award-winning Lismore Lantern Festival, with its after-dark Lantern Parade and Fiery Finale, brings throngs of people into the city for a unique celebration.

“It’s the Lantern Festival’s 18th birthday this year,” said festival director Jyllie Jackson.

“Events start on Thursday when the Curious Creatures come to town, brought to Lismore by the Splendid Arts Program which is part of a Splendour in the Grass and NORPA collaboration.”

Artists Jimmy McGilchrist and Lachlan Dowd will at the Lismore Regional Art Gallery from 6.30pm to talk about the processes involved with bringing the creatures to life, and the creatures themselves will be seen around town throughout the festival.

On Friday, the founder of the former Young Drums Percussion Orchestra, Peter Jaggle, will present his new Music From the Percussion Garden show, a multi-media percussion spectacular, at the Lismore Workers Club at 8pm.

“We’ll have Australia’s biggest drum – two metres across – as a centrepiece of a six-piece ensemble,” said Mr Jaggle.

The show has been four years in the making, with all original music composed by Mr Jaggle.

His percussion will also be featured in the Fiery Finale after the Lantern Parade has gone through town.

Bands featuring in the Lantern Parade include the Samba Blisters, the Lismore City Concert Band and from Brisbane, the Redlands Ladies Drum Corps.

After dark, there will be light projections onto buildings in the CBD, featuring the works of many artists and photographers.

As the parade, which goes around town on Saturday from 6pm, reaches Riverside Park, the effect of the lanterns will enchant the spectators as they settle down for the Fiery Finale.

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