All welcome to the EDGE GreenWay Lantern Parade

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

A Boat of Dreams, carrying hopes and wishes for the future, will sail into the sunset during Earth Hour as part of EDGE GreenWay on Saturday, 30 March.

Conceived by Ikara Celebratory Events’ Phil Relf, and created by Inner West school and community groups, the Boat of Dreams will feature in a ‘Fish & Fisher Folk’ lantern walk of 100 small and three large processional lanterns.

Fish & Fisher Folk lantern walk celebrates the marine life of Iron Cove and the people who have lived and fished on these waters for the past 30,000 years.

Local schools including Kegworth, Orange Grove, Dobroyd Point and Balmain Public, as well as community groups Roomies at Art Camp, Inner West Music Association and the Women’s Shed have created paper and cane lanterns that will be lit by candle and solar charged LEDs.

“The lantern walk will be a magical procession of flicking lights and giant lantern, snaking its way between the trees along the canal path,” said Phil Relf.

“The use of lanterns in celebration is as old as time itself,” he said.

Everyone who comes to EDGE GreenWay can make their own lantern for the parade later that night. Ikara is holding a workshop at the pop-up Waterhole bar (a fundraiser for the Wanderers Football Club).

This will also be the place to add any hopes and wishes to the Boat of Dreams.

At 7pm, the lantern walk will follow part of the GreenWay circuit before the Boat of Dreams launches into Iron Cove.

“I have been working with communities for over 20 years, helping them make lanterns both large and small and I am constantly amazed at the extraordinary lanterns they create,” Mr Relf said.

“EDGE GreenWay is a marvellous initiative by Inner West Council, giving both artists and the community alike the opportunity to come together to create something truly special,” he said.

EDGE GreenWay is a FREE immersive arts experience that celebrates and shines a spotlight on the cultural laboratory that is the Inner West.

It will feature a pop-up plane party showcasing free botanical mocktails and grooves from cockpit DJs, outdoor sculpture and art installations, live artist performances and music, tours from Aboriginal elders, local art makers, environmentalists, and a weed wizard.

There’s kids activities with crafts, puppets, playground and dance floor and a gravity defying finale performance from Legs on the Wall.

FREE transport to Iron Cove. See ‘How to get to EDGE GreenWay

Full EDGE Greenway program available now. Print quality images available. Interviews with artists, creatives and performers available, contact the Communication team.

For media enquiries, contact Elizabeth Heath | Media and Communications CoordinatorP: +61 2 9392 5334 | E:

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