Lantern festival brighter than ever
Make a note in your 2014 diary – the Auckland Lantern Festival from February 13 to 16 is shaping up to be the biggest and brightest yet.
The annual event is proudly supported by Fairfax Media and Suburban Newspapers, publishers of the Auckland City Harbour News and will start with a lantern-only night at Albert Park on February 13 for those who would like to enjoy the display in a relaxed manner.
It will continue over the next two days with on stage performances, traditional festivities and feasting.
A full programme of entertainment will also take place at Queens Wharf.
The event will include a massive fireworks finale on Sunday night from the Sky Tower.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) General Manager Destination and Marketing Rachael Carroll says the festival is one of the biggest and most popular cultural extravaganzas in the region and celebrates its vibrant ethnic diversity.
‘‘By expanding the fes- tival programme to two stunning locations we can showcase the many sides of this diverse culture – from contempor- ary Chinese movies to drumming and from the high energy of the lion dance to the tranquillity of the tea ceremony.’’
The festival is celebrated on the first full moon after the Chinese New Year. The 2014 event will welcome in the Chinese zodiac Year of the Horse, which symbolises graciousness, dignity and momentum.
The festival is organised by ATEED and the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Go to aucklandnz.com/lantern for more information.
Visual treat: Don’t miss the Auckland Lantern Festival being celebrated at Albert Park and Queens Wharf in 2014.