THE 2015 Winter Lantern Festival is set to shed some light on the cold, dark winter nights in Hobart’s northern suburbs.
From 19 to 30 June, the doors of Glenview Community Services in Glenorchy will be thrown open, welcoming family, friends and local communities to join in the celebrations.
Held over the winter solstice, the festival celebrates the shortest days of the year by bringing light, warmth and colour into the local community.
Entrants are asked to decorate or design their own unique lantern and submit it for a chance to win a range of prizes.
Categories include the “most colourful” and “most interesting” lantern, as well as the prestigious “people’s choice” award.
Glenview Community Services chief executive officer Lucy O’Flaherty said Glenview had already received more than 300 butterfly lanterns from Northern Christian School, Bisdee House and Banksia House day centre clients, as well as Glenview residents, staff and volunteers.
“These homemade lanterns were made over three months and will be used to turn Glenview’s St. John carpark – located at 2-10 Windsor Street, Glenorchy – into a labyrinth of lights,” she said.
“As part of the festival each year, the Northern Christian School Choir performs a range of songs at the home, along with lighting up the hallways with lanterns.
“In previous years, we have also had belly dancers, drumming circles, balloonists, face painters and the band, New Horizons, bringing light and joy to Glenview.
“We welcome all local communities to support the festival by hanging their lanterns out at their homes, schools and businesses to help light the night.”
Lantern judging will commence on 19 June with the winners to be announced at the Winter Lantern Parade on Thursday 25 June at 8pm.
Judging will then conclude with an awards ceremony and celebratory supper.
Lanterns must be submitted by 4pm on Tuesday 16 June, by emailing Skye Bowron at Glenview on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 6277 8800.
For more information, visit www.glenview.org.au or follow the festival progress on the Glenview Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GlenviewCommunity.