Behind the festival
The Auckland Lantern Festival has become a permanent fixture on the event calendar.
goes behind the scenes to learn about what goes into putting on one of the city’s largest cultural festivals.
‘‘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.
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