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LUMI - Light Up My Island:


A Festival of Lights and Community Spirit all set for Saturday, June 22

As the sun sets on Saturday June 22nd, Russell Island will transform into an enchanting canvas of lights, colours, and community spirit. 

The LUMI - Light Up My Island festival is not just an event; it's a celebration of togetherness, creativity, and the island's unique charm.

From 3 pm to 8 pm, the end of Robert Street will glow with the warmth of lanterns, each one telling a different story, each flicker a testament to the island's vibrant culture. 

This festival is a time-honoured tradition that brings together families, friends, and visitors, creating memories that light up not just the island, but also the hearts of those who attend.

The festival promises a plethora of activities suitable for all ages. 

Children can unleash their creativity through lantern decorating and face painting, while the jumping castle promises to be a hub of laughter and excitement. 

For adults, the festival offers a moment to unwind with live music serenading the evening and a bar to enjoy a refreshing drink, and chatting around the big bonfire.

A highlight of the event is the competitions for the best costume and best lantern, igniting a friendly spirit of rivalry and highlighting the artistic talents of the Islanders. The magical lantern parade is the pinnacle of the evening, a mesmerising procession that weaves through the streets, casting a spell of unity and joy.

Free Lantern making activities will be held at The Robert Street Market on the 16th of June at the Robert St Market – In the new position – just past RICARTS - a little further up Robert St, Russell Island.  Which is also where the LUMI event will be held. 

This year BIMSARA will also be selling lantern making packages – with lantern cutout and instructions, battery operated tea light, decorations, etc…  These will cost between $2 and $5 dollars. Find them at the Robert St Market or Check our LUMI page for other locations. 

Local businesses along High Street are encouraged to join in the festivities by adorning their storefronts with Christmas and fairy lights, contributing to the magical atmosphere.

The festival also serves as a platform for local artisans to display their handcrafted goods, offering a market experience where visitors can take home a piece of the island's soul.

Additionally, there is an open invitation to potential vendors and food trucks to join this vibrant and busy community event.  

BIMSARA’S heart felt gratitude goes to Redland City Council, The Friendly Bay Islander, Sealink Bay Islands, Chris McGregor Bay Islands Property, Kim Richards MP,  JSBS – Earth Moving and Tree Specialists, Island Industrial Services, Robert Street Market, Russell Island Soapery and Russell Island Apothecary.



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