Volunteering with the Lismore Lantern Parade

LightnUp Inc.

Volunteer with the Lismore Lantern Parade - an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice. It is recognised as the signature event for the City of Lismore. Around 30,000 people from around Australia and overseas come to Lismore for this unique event. This opportunity suits student volunteers or students enrolled in SOY10114, HLT10595.

Working on this project you will make a difference in Key Impact Area: Community & Cultural Development; Sustainable Development Goal: Quality Education (SDG 4).


Availability: Approved

Time required: Not yet defined

Duration: Not yet defined


Requires face to face contact: No



This year the theme is “Bee the change….” everything bee-ish and their place in our environment. The bee is the new ‘canary in the coal mine.

Volunteers have the opportunity to work alongside the LightnUp team to deliver this exciting signature event. In most cases experience is not necessary and whatever skills you have to offer we would greatly appreciate your assistance and support. Training is provided, plus materials and tools where required.


In the lead up to the parade (April-June):

• Administrative and event planning tasks, includes special projects

• Social Media – for the savvy social media

• Updating Event Plan and Risk Management Plans

• Developing schedules.

• Marketing and promotion

• Assist coordinate special events within the main event– Buskers Festival, KidsArtFest

• Help create costumes and props

• Making & repairing lanterns

• Make lanterns under direction, once experienced design your own

• Assist with making fire rope and constructing fire effects

• Preparing materials for school and community workshops

• Lantern workshops (school and community).

In the week leading up to the festival 13-19 June:

• Assist site set up – construction, LFX,

• Assist Coordinate special events

• Assist set up of art exhibition in Lismore Regional Gallery

• Various admin tasks

• Promotion

• Assist In rehearsals

• Assist Site Managers

On the day of the parade (20 June):

• Assist with set up of Market delight

• Assist with set up of Carnivale

• Help with Finale site

• Assist preparation of parade assembly area

• Assist with lantern decorating in Kids Arts Space

• Directing people, answering questions, laying out lanterns for the parade

• Handing out candles and carry sticks

• Cleaning up car park after parade leaves

• Parade marshalling

• Assist with parade assembly

• Assist Parade dispersal and lantern “parking”

• Carry a lantern in the parade - nice to do in groups

• Assist tidy up of finale site and Quad

• Collect donations.

• Survey collection

• Hospitality at the Feast – waitpersons and bar staff; kitchen hands

After the parade:

• Send out ‘thank you's’

• Assist in report writing

• Assist with survey collation and evaluation

• Assist with the return of hire goods

• Assist with the return of sponsor banners etc.

• Assist with filing, administration to finalise event activities.

Needs to be addressed

To assist with the development, coordination and marketing of the event program including liaison with suppliers, community organisations and local residents.

The Lantern Parade simply could not operate without the generous support of its wonderful team of volunteers.

Skills required of project members:

• Tertiary study within the schools of Tourism, Events, Marketing, Communications, Visual Arts, Multi-Media or Performance Studies

• Experience in the operation of the Microsoft Office Suite , Apple Macintosh and relevant technology -

• Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to negotiate and consult through effective written and verbal communication

• Ability to develop practical solutions to daily work issues.

Experience is not necessary and whatever skills you have to offer, we would greatly appreciate your assistance and support. Please note that training is provided.

Benefits to students

The Lantern Parade will work closely with the student and the educational provider to satisfy course requirements. Gain great insight into the operations of a highly successful event and the chance to work with caring individuals who are proud to live and work in Lismore. Whether you are already volunteering or just starting out, volunteering is a great way to help others, meet new people, build new skills, experience new challenges, build up work experience and make an extraordinary contribution to our local community

Resources and training are provided.


Southern Cross University

Students studying within the schools of Tourism, Events, Marketing, Communications, Visual Arts, Multi-Media or Performance Studies.


Training is provided.