Last year nearly 55,000 people came to enjoy the vibrant multicultural festivities and support the local businesses of Sunshine.
The Sunshine Lantern Festival is a popular traditional event celebrated in Vietnam and many other South-East Asian communities and here in Sunshine it brings our culturally diverse community together in a safe and fun environment while supporting our local businesses. It is the largest Lantern Festival in Victoria.
This year the bustling Hampshire Road, between Devonshire Road and Hertford Road will be closed to all traffic and will come alive with roving street performers, entertainment, children’s rides, jumping castles, pony rides, market stalls, street food, face-painting, lantern making and more.
Look out for lots of street performers, stilt-walkers, The Great Gizmo, The Luna Moonies and TV personality Chris Humfrey with a Wild Action stage show with Australian native animals; kids can actually touch.
A large performance stage and seating area will burst with local multicultural live entertainment and the Vietnamese cultural Legend of the Moon performance.
Later in the day a vibrant and energetic Lion and Dragon dance complete with long string fireworks will take place along the Hampshire Road shopfronts leading a parade of children and their following families. The parade will be filled with light from 4,000 free battery powered animal shaped lanterns ending with an exciting display of Fireworks.
The Sunshine Lantern Parade is a free cultural community event staged and presented by the Sunshine Business Association, supported by Brimbank City Council, Multicultural Victoria, Sweeney Sunshine and many Sunshine businesses.