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Light Up the Night!

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The skies were illuminated last June as communities all over Queensland participated in Multicultural Australia Logan’s Luminous Lantern Parade. 

Now in its 15th year, LUMINOUS is one of Queensland’s largest welcome events, capturing the imagination of Queenslanders with its spectacular use of light to symbolise hope and create welcome for new Queenslanders.

The LUMINOUS Lantern Parade is now an iconic event on the annual Queensland events calendar, held in conjunction with Queensland Day (6 June) to celebrate Queensland’s birthday and our unique culture, heritage, people, places and industries.

The spectacular lantern procession began at Flowstate, South Bank, before winding its way on a short and symbolic walk down the promenade taking in the sites of the city skyline. 

The Parade ended at the South Bank Piazza for a vibrant World music concert, with the lanterns bathed in the luminous light symbolising welcome and hope for many people from all over the world, especially our newest Queenslanders.

I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the Lantern Parade in South Bank, alongside my mum and sister. We were among the hundreds who braved the cold and lined the streets, in our warmest jackets and winter gear to watch (and cheer) as each nationality paraded past. Each culture was on display, with several adorned in their traditional outfits, while some delighted the crowd with traditional music and dancing.  I was amazed at the amount of detail and effort that went into creating the lanterns. Some of my favourite lanterns from the night were the ones shaped like different animals.

This year Multicultural Australia featured LUMINOUS in neighbourhoods across Brisbane and in Toowoomba and Rockhampton, spreading the message of welcome across Queensland. One of the neighbourhoods that took part was Logan.

On the 11th of June, people came together (despite the cold weather) at the Kingston East Neighbourhood Group at Meakin Park in Slacks Creek to celebrate and welcome Logan’s diverse community.

From 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm, locals were delighted, amazed and entertained by an ambience of beautiful lanterns, live music, cultural dancing, fun activities and a delicious sausage sizzle.

It was a fantastic night to be involved in and I would love to see it continue well into the future, in all communities across Queensland.

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Emily Stack
Emily Stack
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