Multicultural Australia’s LUMINOUS Lantern parade will return and bathe Toowoomba’s landmark, the old Empire Theatre, in a glow of colours and lights on Saturday 12th August – during Multicultural month.
It’s the third year the popular event will be staged in the Garden City as part of Multicultural Australia’s expanding LUMINOUS in the Regions program.
MA CEO, Christine Castley, said LUMINOUS is all about highlighting the warm spirit of welcome, connection and belonging that is extended to everyone living in Queensland.
“It’s a great way to celebrate our many cultural and linguistically diverse communities who have made their home on the Downs and letting them know their cultures are accepted and embraced.
“LUMINOUS in the Regions is especially significant this year as we mark the 25th anniversary of Multicultural Australia – 25 years of advancing multiculturalism in our nation.
“It highlights ten successful years since Toowoomba officially became a Refugee Settlement Zone, and over a decade since MA opened its Toowoomba office.
“The city has grown to become a wonderfully diverse place,’ Ms Castley said.
“People here have opened their arms and warmly welcomed refugees from all over the world, predominately from Syria, Sudan, Chad, Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Over the last few weeks, community hubs in Toowoomba and TAFE have held LUMINOUS lantern making workshops.
From 4pm till 5.30pm on the day of the parade, attendees will have the opportunity to make their own lanterns at the Empire Theatre.
The Mad Mariachi Band will ensure a festive mood for everyone in the grounds of the Empire Theatre before LUMINOUS in the Regions: Toowoomba is officially opened at 6pm.
Dozens and dozens of beautifully handcrafted lanterns will light up the night in a special people’s parade round the old building.
Ms Castley said the fun evening celebration is a free event and everyone is welcome to attend and take part in all the activities.
“LUMINOUS is a splendid way to use light to symbolise creating a welcome for all new Queenslanders and to showcase our vibrant, multicultural state.”
All LUMINOUS in the Regions events are proudly supported by Suncorp and the Queensland Government.