Plenty of activities at lantern festival
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.