Lan­tern fes­ti­val starts Thurs­day

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The wait­ing is over.

Auck­land’s lan­tern fes­ti­val starts this Thurs­day night and closes with a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works fi­nale from the Sky Tower on Sun­day.

The event, now in its 15th year, is proudly sup­ported by Fair­fax Me­dia, owner of the Cen­tral Leader.

Eight hun­dred hand-crafted lanterns will il­lu­mi­nate the night skies from 7pm at Al­bert Park on Thurs­day – al­low­ing crowds to en­joy the spec­ta­cle with­out the hus­tle and bus­tle of food stalls and per­for­mances.

The full fes­ti­val starts on Fri­day and runs through to Sun­day night, with fam­ily fo­cused ac­tiv­i­ties from 2pm at Queens Wharf and main stage cul­tural per­for­mances and over 100 food and craft stalls at Al­bert Park from 5pm.

Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett O’Ri­ley says this year’s event has some­thing for ev­ery­one.

‘‘If you’ve got kids and want to avoid the crowds you can still en­joy a Lan­tern Fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence – come along to Queens Wharf in the af­ter­noons, make some Chi­nese pa­per lanterns and watch an early evening movie,’’ he says.

The fes­ti­val is also be­ing cel­e­brated at other venues through­out the city with ac­tiv­i­ties at the Auck­land Art Gallery and Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum (Sun­day only) and an ex­hi­bi­tion by stu­dents from Elam School of Fine Arts.

Lan­tern, a full the­atre pro­duc­tion set in Auck­land on the eve of Chi­nese New Year, is now play­ing at the Mus­grove Stu­dio.

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