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Lanterns to illuminate Yarra Glen as Festival of Light returns

Published on 17 July 2017

Dr Beth Williams and Debra Traill from the Festival of Light

Yarra Glen’s lantern festival will return to light up the town’s main street in August, thanks to grant funding from Yarra Ranges Council.

The Yarra Glen Festival of Light will see children and adults take part in a lantern parade along Bell Street from 5.30pm on Saturday, 5 August.

Light projections, food vendors and activities will then fill and illuminate the town square near the Yarra Glen Café for the evening.

The project was funded through Yarra Ranges Council’s Grants for Community program and community sponsorship, and auspiced by the Yarra Glen Living and Learning Centre.

Event coordinators Debra Traill and Dr Beth Williams said this year’s theme will be Science and Light, after last year’s magic-themed festival.

“This year’s festival is aimed at bringing community together for a celebration of science and light,” Dr Williams said.

“In 2015 we had more than 400 people come to the lake near IGA for our first event, where we floated lanterns on the water,” Ms Traill said.

“Last year, we had a couple thousand people come to the festival and parade through McKenzie Reserve. We’re expecting an even larger crowd this year.”

Ryrie Ward Councillor Fiona McAllister said the festival had quickly become a standout event for the town.

“It has been so exciting to see this event grow from an idea to a much loved community event attracting people from near and far. I have loved participating in in with my children and know that there are many others who look forward to it with great anticipation as well,” Cr McAllister said. 

 “We’ve seen the success of Belgrave’s Lantern Parade and I think Yarra Glen’s Festival of Light has quickly established itself as another not-to-miss event in the Yarra Ranges community calendar.

“Watching the town come alive with a sea of lanterns will truly be a sight to behold, and I would encourage everyone to come along to this year’s event.”

School and pre-school students around Yarra Glen are creating lanterns in classes in preparation for the event.

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Submissions for Yarra Ranges Council’s 2018 Grants for Community are open until midnight, 16 July 2017. Small grants are available monthly.

For more information on grants and how to apply, visit

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