Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Auckland Lantern Festival lights up the city

Auckland Lantern Festival lights up the city from start to finish

Starting with a lantern-only night this Thursday 13 February and closing with a spectacular fireworks finale from the Sky Tower on Sunday 16 February, the Auckland Lantern Festival is set to light up Auckland this weekend.

The festival – now in its 15th year – is held at Albert Park and Queens Wharf on the first full moon following Chinese New Year.

Eight hundred incredible hand-crafted lanterns will illuminate the night skies from 7pm at Albert Park on Thursday – allowing festival goers to enjoy the magical spectacle in all its glory, but without the hustle and bustle of food stalls and performances.

The full festival kicks off 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 (ATEED) Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says this year’s festival 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,” says Mr. O’Riley.

“For those who love the buzz of throngs of people, flash mob dragon dancers and busy food stalls, they can soak-up the atmosphere at Albert Park and enjoy a rock concert with legendary Chinese metal band Tang Dynasty or ancient war drumming by a troupe from Shanghai.”

The Auckland Lantern Festival is also being celebrated at other venues throughout the city centre, including activities at the Auckland Art Gallery and Auckland Museum (Sunday only) and an exhibition by students from Elam School of Fine Arts. For the first time ever, a full theatre production is part of the festival experience. “Lantern”, aptly set in Auckland on the eve of Chinese New Year, is playing at the Musgrove Studio from Monday 10 February.

Auckland Lantern Festival is organised by ATEED in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation, and this year welcomes ASB as principal sponsor.

ASB Executive General Manager of Marketing and Communications Roger Beaumont says they are proud to be the new principal sponsor of the Auckland Lantern Festival.

“The Lantern Festival is a highlight of Auckland's event calendar for many and celebrates the Chinese New Year as well as the unique culture that Auckland’s Chinese community contributes to Auckland City,” says Mr Beaumont.

The Auckland Lantern Festival closes on Sunday night at 10.30pm after the Tang Dynasty concert with a spectacular fireworks display – a fitting finale to the festival and the Chinese New Year celebrations.

ATEED acknowledges the support of principal sponsor ASB and other sponsors and supporters including Lotto New Zealand, Tip Top, HKETO (Hong Kong Economic and Trade office), Chinese Ministry of Culture, Cathay Pacific, COSCO, Barfoot & Thompson, China Travel Service, New Zealand Chinese Herald, Classic Hits, Fairfax Media and SKYKIWI.


More information about the festival programme can be found at aucklandnz.com/lantern.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Team Behind Trump's Throne

Forget the Putin factor. Daily, the team of charlatans, bigots and stunningly ignorant crackpots that Trump is appointing to head key federal agencies is just as alarming. These are positions with vast power and budgetary discretion over policies that stand to affect tens of millions of vulnerable Americans. Sad! More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news