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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A festival made with the community for the community.

The Moon Lantern Festival has existed for 27 years in North Richmond. Historically it has been a cultural event for local residents and school children to build moon lanterns and parade through the North Richmond precinct.

This year however, from new management and additional support from the State Government, The Moon Lantern Festival for the first time will run as a three-day music and arts festival, held in the North Richmond Housing Estate (corner of Lennox and Highett streets.)

An enormous program across multiple stages over 3 days. With 50% of the program originating from local community art projects. The other 50% will come from some of Melbourne’s finest musicians and performers.

The 2021 Moon Lantern Festival is presented by the Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood Houses and The Village Festival. Supported by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing through the North Richmond Community Capacity Building Initiative.

For more information about the Belgium Avenue Neighbourhood Houses or The Village click the links below


Friday 8th April 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday 9th April 12:30pm – 10:00pm
Sunday 10th April 12:30pm – 7:30pm

COVID Safety

Covid's hit the arts and events industry hard in recent times, but never fear, we're prepared! We're putting in place safe practices right across our festival site, for our artists, staff and guests, to ensure the safest celebration of our communities. Through working closely with the State Government, the City of Yarra and North Richmond Community Health, we're ensuring that we're up to date with the most accurate medical advice. And, if a snap lockdown happens to occur over our scheduled dates, we've planned for that too with a backup date later in the year.


The Moon Lantern Festival is working closely with the City of Yarra, Cultivating Communities and North Richmond Community Health to develop a sustainability plan that is both socially and environmentally focused.

The festival intends to have as little impact on the environment as possible through a broad range of schemes:

  • Workshops and educational opportunities on issues around recycling, composting, biodiversity, and growing food.
  • Local residents with their own developing catering companies are being employed as the festival’s Food Vendors. These enterprises are focused on sustainable business and environmental practices.
  • Ingredients will be locally sourced and priced affordably so that all attendees will be able to enjoy delicious and diverse cuisines.
  • There will be no one-use-only plastic items at the bar. We’re providing reusable cups for our lush range of mocktails, juices and drinks and we’ll be responsibly recycling our minimal cans, organic and glass waste.
  • Fashion projects are supported by The Wellington and SisterWorks ensuring all materials are donated and upcycled.
  • All leftover cooking ingredients from the festival will be used for a closing feast for crew, artists and community.


The Moon Lantern Festival is committed to providing a safe, accessible, inclusive and equitable environment for all people, free from abuse, neglect, violence and/or preventable injury, ensuring the community where all people with disability, their families, including young people and children involved feel welcome and can achieve their full potential with a zero tolerance of violence, harassment and aggression; where leadership and involvement of diverse artists, individuals and community members are at the heart of building community through co-design, collaboration, participation and engagement.

The Moon Lantern Festival’s commitment includes the cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples, cultural safety for people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, people of colour, and to provide a safe environment that is supportive and inclusive of people who identify as LGTBQI+ or have a disability.  This means all staff, artists, contractors and volunteers are responsible for promoting the safety and well-being of the individuals we engage with. Anyone is entitled and practically able to access, participate and engage, create, grow and learn free from harm or danger and be shown respect for their cultural, social and access needs and language preferences.

For any special access or language assistance please email

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