Leisa Gillham (back) with volunteers Elia Faa, Lauren Yuile and Louie Faa at yesterday’s lantern workshop.
Leisa Gillham (back) with volunteers Elia Faa, Lauren Yuile and Louie Faa at yesterday’s lantern workshop. Emma Channon

Lantern parade to dazzle festival

IF yesterday’s progress is anything to go by, Sunday’s lantern parade for Warwick’s Peace Festival will be a spectacular show.

The parade, from 5.30-7pm, is the finale to the four-day peace festival and the lanterns have been created over a series of workshops.

Yesterday lantern parade coordinator Leisa Gillham was helped by volunteers Elia Faa and son Louie and SOTE student Lauren Yuile prepare for this weekend.

Mrs Gillham said the bright colours reflect the motto ‘everyone counts’, which resonates throughout the festival.

“We’re doing all different colours of lanterns to represent all the different people in the community,” she said.

“I think of people as colours too – a strong person might be represented by red, or a quiet person by green.”

Mrs Gillham helped coordinate the cicada lights parade at 2009’s peace festival and said she enjoyed the atmosphere of the event. In fact, the festival was what lured her to life on the Southern Downs.

“Every community is different and it’s getting to the heart of the community and giving it a new meaningful visual,” she said.

“When I came to work in the festival two years ago I fell in love with the area and moved to Stanthorpe a month after.”

Year 10 student and lantern volunteer Lauren Yuile is another peace festival old hand, having helped with the 2009 event.

“My mum worked at the centre above the peace festival headquarters and I spent a lot of time up there and got to know the people there,” she said.

“I had to pick a project at school and I decided to volunteer at the festival and have been doing it this year too.”

There is a huge amount of activities on as part of the festival, including a series of foreign films accumulating as a film festival spread over two months.

Festival workshops, such as the Junk Orchestra workshop, are also a popular choice. As part of the junk orchestra, participants can create instruments out of recycled rubbish and have a bash around together. Workshops for this will be tomorrow 4 - 6pm or 6.30 - 8.30pm and the cost is $5.

Workshops and performances will also take place on Saturday at Leslie Park.

The peace in the park activities run all day Sunday and include children’s activities, craft stalls, food stalls, geckoes wildlife displays, and Tibetan singing workshop to name a few.

Further information at www.peacefestival.org.au

Peace festival program...

Unless indicated otherwise, all events will take place at Leslie Park.

Friday April 29:

 12-5pm: Showcase performances

Saturday April 30:

 10am-4pm: Showcase workshops and performances

  8-11pm: Cultural swing showcase concert (Town Hall - $25 adult, $15 child)

Sunday May 1:

 All day: Peace in the park;

  8.45am-5pm: Multicultural football carnival

 4-6pm: Showcase finale



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