Residents showing their best work at last year’s parade.
Residents showing their best work at last year’s parade. Nolan Verheij-Full / Northern St

Italian ties to Lismore’s festival weekend

LISMORE is ready to celebrate its Italian cultural heritage … and it’s all for free.

The inaugural Friendship Festival on Sunday, June 26, launches a Piazza in the Park.

Publicity co-ordinator Ros Derrett says non-stop family fun and festivities will take place at Spinks Park in the city’s CBD from 10am to 3pm.

On the program is great food, musical entertainment, dancing in the park, displays of Italian cars and bikes along with kids’ activities and Italian conversation, market stalls, card games and mask-making workshops.

"The Friendship Festival pays tribute to Lismore’s ‘friendship relationship’ with Conegliano in the Veneto region of northern Italy," Ros said.

"Stallholders provide exciting and authentic Italian-themed food and local produce to transform the city’s central park into a lively destination."

The event comes the day after the Lismore Lantern Parade.

"Make a weekend of it as Lismore comes alive with amazing arts and cultural activities," Ros said.

"There will be high-quality exhibitions at Lismore Regional Gallery, the Richmond River Historical Society’s Museum and the Environment Centre in Molesworth Street."

ing the Winter Solstice

The Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, known as the winter solstice.

Artistic director Jyllie Jackson said the theme for 2016 was Australian flora and fauna.

"The lantern parade on June 25 involves participants from throughout the Northern Rivers and visitors to the region who have attended workshops in lantern, mask and costume making, the finale show, carnival dance and the parade bands," she said.

The lantern parade attracts more than 30,000 people each year.

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