Be­hind the fes­ti­val

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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.

PHOTO: KA­RINA ABADIA

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

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