Plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties at lantern fes­ti­val

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Out­door movies, af­ter­noon kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties and a live sand paint­ing per­for­mance group from Hong Kong.

It’s all on at Queens Wharf as part of this year’s Auck­land Lantern Fes­ti­val from Fe­bru­ary 14-16.

The event is sup­ported by Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers, pub­lisher of the East & Bays Courier, and also in­cludes a range of ac­tiv­i­ties in Al­bert park.

It co­in­cides with the first full moon fol­low­ing Chi­nese New Year and is or­gan­ised by Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment .

‘‘The pro­gramme at Queens Wharf will pro­vide Auck­lan­ders with a more laid-back en­vi­ron­ment to cel­e­brate Chi­nese New Year and al­low us to show­case a more con­tem­po­rary side of Chi­nese cul­ture,’’ des­ti­na­tion & mar­ket­ing gen­eral man­ager Rachael Car­roll says.

‘‘In con­trast to the bustling stalls and late night main stage per­for­mances at Al­bert Park, Queens Wharf will start with ac­tiv­i­ties from 2pm and fea­ture an in­ter­est­ing col­lec­tion of films in the evening.’’

Highlights will in­clude Jockey of Sand by the All The­atre Art As­so­ci­a­tion, who will travel to Auck­land from Hong Kong to com­mem­o­rate the Year of the Horse with live mul­ti­me­dia per­for­mances ev­ery evening from 7.15pm to 7.25pm.

There will be plenty for kids to en­joy with lantern mak­ing, face paint­ing, tem­po­rary tat­toos and pup­pet shows, plus fam­ily favourite movies Mu­lan and Karate Kid.

Out­door movies in­clude a se­lec­tion of short films pre­sented by Show Me Shorts, New Zealand’s only Academy Awards ac­cred­ited film fes­ti­val – plus Flat 3, a made-for-the-web com­edy se­ries about three Chi­nese Kiwi flat­mates in Auck­land.

Cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence: Hoi Chiu sand paint­ing is among ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer at this year’s Auck­land Lantern Fes­ti­val.

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