Opening Parade

Circus in Yackandandah leading the Opening Parade, 2016 Photo: Samantha Cheater

Yackandandah Folk Festival Opening Parade 2017

Celebrate Something Special!

7.15pm Friday 24 March 2017, High Street

Join us in celebrating Yackandandah Folk Festival’s 20th Birthday by lighting up the street in a gorgeous lantern parade.

We are calling for EVERYONE to be involved by making a lantern with artist Vicki Luke and taking part in a celebration of our amazing community.   As our goal for the Festival is to reduce waste, this year’s Parade is all about re-using and recycling. The lanterns will be made entirely from 2ltr plastic milk bottles! (And other bits of recycled stuff!).

Interested? Please read below for more information:

The Parade will start later this year – commencing at 7:15pm.

Because it will be dark, and for safety there will be no vehicles in the parade this year. However, community groups and individuals are encouraged to still be involved by attending one of our workshops. You’ll get to work with artist Vicki Luke to create a whimsical chandelier for the parade.

Community workshops:

Saturday 25 February 1-5pm – with artist Vicki Luke

Saturday 4 March 1-5pm – with artist Vicki Luke

Saturday 18 March 1-5pm – for finishing off your masterpiece, if needed!

All community workshops will be held at Yackandandah Primary School in the Art Room.

To register your interest to participate & attend a workshop, or for further information, please contact:

Caz Martin-Doyle             0400 169 041                    [email protected]

Karen Gardner                                                               [email protected]


General information:

  • School children from Yackandandah, Osbornes Flat and Wooragee Primary Schools will undertake a workshop with Vicki Luke at their schools in the weeks leading up to the Festival.
  • High Street will be closed to traffic from 4.00pm on Friday 24 March.
  • 5-7pm Children’s free activities: Face painters scattered along High Street. Children in the parade are welcome & encouraged to get their faces painted beforehand.
  • If you or your children are participating in the parade, please wear plain, dark clothing- black, dark grey or navy blue. No logos please.
  • If you are a parent accompanying a young child, please also wear dark, plain clothes.
  • Meet on Williams Street, along the path beside the Bottom Pub no later than 7pm to assemble for the start of the parade.
  • The Parade will go up High St, to the intersection of High & Wellsford Sts, and back down ending at The Street Stage, where there will be a musical performance by Yackandandah Primary School students, and the official launch for the 20th Festival.
  • The large chandeliers will be hung on and around the Street Stage, but children carrying a single lantern are welcome to take them home.
  • A Welcome to Country and Bush Dance will follow directly after the parade is completed. We encourage everyone to stay and join in.
  • Parents, please collect children from the area in front of The Street Stage.