Moon Lantern Festival, The Village Festival & Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood House acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people as the Traditional custodians of the lands and waterways in the area now known as Richmond. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to all First Nations people and communities.

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ACCESS

The Moon Lantern Festival is committed to ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the performances and programs on offer. On this page you will find information about our access services. Information is updated regularly. For more information about access please email: MLF.melb@gmail.com

Getting There

Train: West Richmond Station on the Mernda and Hurstbridge lines. The festival site is a 5-minute walk heading west along Highett Street (flat footpaths with no gradients).

Tram:

Bus: closest stop is Bridge Road/Hoddle Street on the 246 (Elsternwick - Clifton Hill via St Kilda). 8-minute walk north along Hoddle Street, then west along Erin Street, then north along Lennox Street. (Footpaths but with a sloping gradient).

Accessible Parking

General parking close to the festival can be found:

If you require Accessible parking or require an accessible drop off point, please get in contact via our email MLF.melb@gmail.com and we will accommodate.

Accessible Toilets

There will be Accessible Toilets on site. They will be clearly marked as accessible and will be positioned with the other toilets on site. If you have trouble finding them, please reach out to one of our friendly staff or volunteers to help direct you.

Wheelchair Access

The festival is wheelchair accessible. The Festival Grounds have short grass, with a bitumen pathway through the middle. The Terrain of the Northeast side of the festival grounds does have some inclines, but audience members in wheelchairs will have access to Belgium Avenue (Festival’s service road) to travel to the Northeast side to avoid this terrain.

Auslan Interpreted Events

Auslan Interpretation by Auslan Stage Left will be available across the event.
Friday 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Saturday 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Sunday 12:30pm – 5:30pm
These times cover the Opening ceremony, a number of World Kitchen cooking demonstrations, selected workshops and performances.

Audio Description

For people who are blind or who have low vision, Audio Describers are on site across the festival to provide live descriptions for those who request. Please seek out one of our friendly festival staff or volunteers to connect you to this service.

Tactile Tour

An Audio Described Tactile Tour will take place on Saturday 9th April at 1pm. This tactile tour includes hands on learning and interaction with Somali artist Muhubo Suleiman who over the duration of the festival, using cultural weaving methods is building a traditional hut called Aqal alongside festival attendees.

Chill Space

For People with autism, sensory sensitivities, learning disabilities and for anyone who would benefit from a relaxed environment, the festival’s quiet space can be found at the Yarra Library Chill Space. Please seek out one of our friendly festival staff and volunteers to assist you to this space.