Be­hind the fes­ti­val

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

About 800 lanterns go on dis­play and the event at­tracts about 60,000 peo­ple per year. But pleas­ing ev­ery­one isn’t easy, the Avon­dale res­i­dent says.

‘‘Some peo­ple get anx­ious about the crowds whereas oth­ers go ‘I love the crowds. It feels busy, it feels like an in­ter­na­tional city’.’’

Those af­ter a more laid­back feel should ei­ther go early or at­tend the Thurs­day lan­tern-only night, the 44-year-old says.

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‘‘I re­mem­ber Prime Min­is­ter Jim Bol­ger say­ing ‘New Zealand is an Asian na­tion’. He saw where the econ­omy was go­ing.’’

‘‘None of my friends knew how to use chop­sticks when I was grow­ing up, now who doesn’t know how?

‘‘Food is just one lit­tle way that you can ed­u­cate peo­ple with­out it be­ing a lec­ture.’’

The Auck­land Lan­tern Fes­ti­val is Fe­bru­ary 26 – March 1. See auck landnz.com/lan­tern for de­tails.

PHOTO: KA­RINA ABADIA

Cre­ative prob­lem-solver: ATEED ma­jor events pro­ducer Eric Ngan co-or­di­nates the Auck­land Lan­tern Fes­ti­val.

Tra­di­tional rhythms: A drum per­for­mance on the main stage last year. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK

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