This year’s Belgrave Lantern Festival puts all of Belgrave on the map, taking festival revellers on a self-led journey across and around the entire township.‘Activated’ spaces and creative precinct ‘pop ups’ appear in streets, alleyways, arcades, nooks and crannies, featuring art, music, workshops, circus arts, DJ’s, bands, solo artists, fire-pits and more.
2020 was a big one…for everyone! COVID, unfortunately put the knocker on any ambitions of a street parade, but together - we worked up a great Plan B. As a community, we learnt to adapt and move forward in the face of multiple challenges. The good humans of Belgrave proved that going without, didn’t mean missing out.
Last year’s ‘re-imagined’ lantern pivot, which saw shop fronts transformed into luminous lantern exhibits, verified that the hills community is an undaunted, creative and tenacious mob, prepared to do what ever it takes to keep the glow in our streets, and in our hearts, burning bright.This spirit sets the tone and inspiration for 2021.
Belgrave will again become a literal and figurative beacon of light, levity and celebration across the hills this year, albeit without its parade, which will need to go on the back burner for another year. That said, what steps up and into its place, is no bitty substitute. On June 19, The Belgrave Lantern Festival will splash down! And it may well prove to be a wayshower for all future lantern events.
So, will there be lantern-making workshops in the lead up? Absolutely. Can I bring my lantern on the night? 100%. Will I get a chance to display my lantern like last year? Without a doubt.
On the longest night of the year, we invite you to experience and re-experience Belgrave anew. June 19 is a homage to light, the imagination and to the community that illuminates, nourishes and informs how Belgrave lives, works and plays together.
See you there.