Lanterns to light up garden this year

16/01/2019 Posted by admin

Celebrating the past year and ringing in the new one. Devonport’s Lantern Dream Festival on New Year’s Eve 2013.

DEVONPORT will be glowing at this year’s New Year’s Eve festival with plenty of activities for everyone attending.

At 6pm on December 31, the festival will begin with entertainment ranging from live music to a mechanical bull and surf board.

The Devonport City Council will also continue its Lantern Dream Festival theme this New Year’s Eve, with a glowing garden of lanterns featuring prominently on the night.

The council events co-ordinator Maree Brodzinski said: “The Lantern Dream Festival’s lantern garden is a large part of our New Year’s Eve festival.

“People will have the opportunity to write their dreams and hopes for 2015.

“They’ll also be able to write a special tribute for someone they’ve lost or to celebrate an event from 2014.”

In previous years, the lanterns were floated on the Mersey River throughout the night.

However this year, as a result of passing vessels pushing the lanterns back ashore, they will be placed in a garden.

“With help from Fairbrothers, we’ve built a garden with an artistic tree that will glow on the night,” Ms Brodzinski said.

“It’s quite beautiful in Roundhouse Park.

“Writing on the paper lanterns and putting them on display is a personal way to celebrate with the community,”

Along with the Fairbrother Lantern Garden, there will be live music with Doctors Rocksters performing, along with The Remains and the Brett Budgeon Band.

Complementing the music will be Melbourne fire performer Emily Coward and Miasma, a belly dance troop from Westbury.

For kids there will be jumping castles, face painting and more.

There will be two firework displays, one at 9.30pm for families and another ringing in the new year.

The event will be fully licensed with food and drinks available on site. Entry is $5 or free for anyone under 18.

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