2020 Sunshine Lantern Festival
The Sunshine Lantern Festival is a free community event that takes place in the busy Sunshine shopping precinct along Hampshire Road, Sunshine annually in September. The 2019 festival was on Sunday 15th September 2019 from 11am to 8pm. It was our 10-year anniversary and we celebrated with a huge day of family fun, live entertainment, rides, street performers, animals, music, dancing, food of many nations, magical Lion and Dragon Dancing, a Lantern Parade to celebrate the full moon. The inclement weather did not stop the community coming to support us. The 2020 Sunshine Lantern Festival date will be posted shortly.
We saw crowds of up to 50,000 people travelling far and wide to enjoy the vibrant multicultural festivities and entertainment. 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 family friendly, safe and fun environment while supporting our local businesses of Sunshine. From humble beginnings in 2009, it is now one of the biggest one-day community festivals in the west and the largest Lantern Festival in Victoria.
The bustling Hampshire Road, between Devonshire Road and Foundry Road was closed to all traffic and came alive with roving street performers, live entertainment, children’s rides, jumping castles, pony rides, street food, face-painting, circus activities, sporting fun, lantern making and more. We saw the Water Drops stiltwalkers, Gentleman Jim Slim, The Luna Moonies, TV personality Chris Humfrey with a Wild Action kids stage show with Australian native animals; kids could actually touch. There were cultural kids activities including Asian origami, Vietnamese lantern making and Aboriginal craft. A large performance stage and seating area burst with multicultural live entertainment such as Aboriginal artist Mick Tambo who gave us a unique Indigenous experience, One Spirt Africa with a drumming and dance performance to Vietnamese comedian Diana Nguyen performing Kim Huong from her TV show-Phi and Me. We were then dazzled by the Vietnamese cultural Legend of the Moon performance featuring International Vietnamese Artist - Y Thanh who engaged the audience with song, dance and multicultural stories of miracles and happiness.
Free Lanterns were given to all kids and the Lion and Dragon dance team lead the lantern parade of children and 1,000’s of led battery powered animal shaped lanterns. At 6.45pm The Legend of the Moon performance on the main stage captivated all that watched the beautiful traditional Vietnamese dancing and unfolding story of the full moon.
The Sunshine Lantern Parade is a free cultural community event staged and presented by the Sunshine Business Association, supported by Brimbank City Council and Multicultural Victoria.
The 2019 Sunshine Lantern Festival was on Sunday 15th September from 11am to 8pm
Looking to be a Stall Holder?
Looking to be a Stall Holder? The 2020 Sunshine Lantern Festival Committee invites Corporate, Food and Goods Stallholders to participate by filling in the Contact Us form.
If you are a community group wanting a stall, a street or stage performer wanting to participate please contact us.