Chi­nese band joins fes­ti­val

Central Leader - - NEWS -

Chi­nese rock band Tang Dy­nasty will be a head­line act at this year’s Auck­land Lan­tern Fes­ti­val from Fe­bru­ary 13 to 16.

The group gained cult sta­tus in its home­land dur­ing the 1990s and will play hour-long con­certs to wrap up main stage per­for­mances on all three days of the event.

The Lan­tern Fes­ti­val is or­gan­ised by Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (ATEED) in part­ner­ship with Asia New Zealand Foun­da­tion. The ma­jor print spon­sor is Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers, publisher of the Cen­tral Leader.

The event is one of the big­gest and most pop­u­lar cul­tural ex­trav­a­gan­zas in the re­gion and will in­clude a lan­tern-only evening on day one at Al­bert Park and fur­ther fes­tiv­i­ties on Queens Wharf.

Other acts in­clude the Shang­hai Jiangzhou Drum Troupe, one of the fore­most drum­ming groups in China, and all-girl dance band The But­ter­fly Troupe.

A tra­di­tional kitemaker will also demon­strate his craft.

‘‘We have cre­ated a pro­gramme that is one of won­der­ful con­trasts, from high en­ergy rock bands to re­lax­ing wind in­stru­ments, and acts that use an­cient tra­di­tions to ul­tra-mod­ern tech­nolo­gies,’’ ATEED desti­na­tion and mar­ket­ing gen­eral man­ager Rachael Car­roll says.

‘‘We are ex­cited and hon­oured that Auck­lan­ders will be able to ex­pe­ri­ence this cal­i­bre of Chi­nese cul­ture at our cel­e­bra­tions.’’

Asia New Zealand Foun­da­tion works with the Chi­nese Min­istry of Cul­ture to find and spon­sor the very best per­form­ing groups in China.

Star at­trac­tion: Tang Dy­nasty is among top Chi­nese acts be­ing flown in to Auck­land for this year’s Lan­tern Fes­ti­val.

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