Lan­tern fest to light up city

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

The an­nual Auck­land Lan­tern Fes­ti­val is about to light up the night sky for the 16th year run­ning.

On-stage per­for­mances, spec­tac­u­lar il­lu­mi­na­tions, tra­di­tional fes­tiv­i­ties and Chi­nese art will daz­zle and en­ter­tain vis­i­tors to Al­bert Park from Fe­bru­ary 26 to March 1.

The fes­ti­val is de­liv­ered by Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment ( ATEED) on be­half of the coun­cil and in part­ner­ship with the Asia New Zealand Foun­da­tion.

Spon­sors in­clude Me­dia, owner of the City Har­bour News.

In­cluded in this year’s event are

Fair­fax Auck­land two tick­eted fam­ily-friendly theatre pro­duc­tions, Un­der the Same Moon and The Two Fart­ing Sis­ters, both play­ing at Auck­land Uni­ver­sity’s Mus­grove Stu­dio.

‘‘The fes­ti­val is a key part of Auck­land’s non-stop sum­mer of events which is jam-packed with other cul­tural fes­ti­vals, ma­jor sports events, in­ter­na­tional stage shows, and big-name con­certs, many of which have been at­tracted to the re­gion as part of Auck­land’s Ma­jor Events Strat­egy,’’ ATEED chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett O’Ri­ley says.

This year’s fes­ti­val will also mark Auck­land’s 20-year sis­ter city an­niver­sary with Ningbo and its 25th with Guangzhou.

‘‘Come along to see the lanterns gifted to the city as sym­bols of the strong part­ner­ship and friend­ship be­tween the three cities,’’ mayor Len Brown says.

The fes­ti­val will open to the public from 5pm on Fe­bru­ary 26 with a lan­tern-only night.

It will wel­come in the Chi­nese zo­diac Year of the Goat, also known as Year of the Sheep, which sym­bol­ises greater peace, har­mo­nious co-ex­is­tence and tran­quil­lity.

Fes­tiv­i­ties fin­ish on March 1 with a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works fi­nale at 10.30pm.

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