Light up children's creativity at lantern workshops - The Chronicle

CHILDREN can share their dreams and drawings for the upcoming LIT Festival, at a final lantern making workshop this weekend.

The final session will be held in the shopping centre from 10am-1pm Saturday.

Centre marketing manger Marieke Bridgeman said more than 60 youngsters attended the first of the workshops, held last Saturday.

"The workshops are being run by Toowoomba artists Jesse Paul Wright and Connor Quill, who guide children in creating their very own dream lantern," she said.

"No bookings are necessary - simply pop by the workshop space near Woolworths on level one of Grand Central.

"We provide all the materials necessary. You just need to bring your creativity and imagination."

During the workshops, children write their dream of the future and draw a picture, both of which are put on the lantern.

All the finished lanterns will be exhibited at the opening event at Grand Central and later installed in Bell St Mall, as part of Toowoomba's first-ever LIT Festival: Stories In Light on September 28-29.

Festival organisers are hoping to have 200 lanterns made by the community.

Over the festival's two nights, the Toowoomba community is invited to head to the CBD for colourful light projections, lanterns and sculptures that shine a spotlight on the region's untold stories and unsung heroes.

The festival is presented by Story Artist Run Collective, a group of creatives based in the Garden City.