Lanterns make opening magic


One of the creations from last year’s Twilight Lantern Parade.
Lanterns make opening magic
One of the creations from last year’s Twilight Lantern Parade.

More than 1400 members of the local community will take part in the Twilight Lantern Parade, now in its fourth year, displaying lanterns inspired by the festival theme ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’.

There will be five new commissioned works by local visual artists Sandra McKendrick, Jiri Zmitko, Lewis Horne, Leon Hendroff and Chloe Flockart, as well as the return of The Whale Shark, Florafaunasaurus and the Giant Cockatoo.

These artists also worked with teachers of several local schools to help give them inspiration ahead of working with their students on lantern designs.

“The colour and spectacle of the Twilight Lantern Parade is always highly popular and draws thousands of people from across Perth to witness a truly special event,” Mayor Troy Pickard said.

“The lanterns create a magical experience and I know everyone is looking forward to seeing the result of a lot of hard work on the opening night of the festival.”

The parade will run along Grand Boulevard and Boas Avenue, starting at 6.45pm.

– Schools and community groups involved in the Twilight Lantern Parade include Joondalup, Beaumaris, Connolly, Greenwood, Padbury, Glengarry, Dalmain, Clarkson, Craigie Heights, Heathridge, Whitford Catholic and South Padbury primary schools, Ocean Reef Senior High School, Joseph Banks Secondary College, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Duncraig Secondary Education Support Centre, Homeschool WA, Sambanistas, Joondalup Entertainers Theatre School, Brightwater Care Group – Oxford Gardens Creative Arts Group, Denise Dancing School, Raices Latinas, Teddy Bears Playgroup, Perth Indonesian Community and Joondalup Art Gallery.