Fes­ti­val plan­ning started

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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 Cen­tral Leader, and will start with a ‘lan­tern-only’ night at Al­bert Park on Fe­bru­ary 13.

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 fes­ti­val pro­gramme to two stun­ning lo­ca­tions we can show­case the many sides of this di­verse cul­ture – from con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese movies to tra­di­tional 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.

It is or­gan­ised by ATEED in part­ner­ship with Asia New Zealand Foun­da­tion. Go to auck­landnz.com/lan tern for more in­for­ma­tion.

Vis­ual treat : Don’t miss the Auck­land Lan­tern Fes­ti­val be­ing cel­e­brated at Al­bert Park and Queens Wharf in 2014.

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