Lantern Festival to light up city for the 16th year
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 Fairfax Media, owner of the Central Leader.
Included in this year’s event are 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 jampacked 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, both in China.
‘‘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 lanternonly 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.
Lighting up: Albert Park will soon be festooned in lanterns once more for the annual Auckland Lantern Festival.