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ASB Lantern Garden returns for Lunar New Year

Auckland Domain will be lit up with more than 800 handmade lanterns tomorrow as the 20th annual Auckland Lantern Festival kicks off to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

ASB’s popular Lantern Garden is returning and will be open to the public across the four days, with a number of activations including several large-scale, interactive kaleidoscopes, food stalls, traditional dances and entertainment.

ASB head of community and sponsorship Mark Graham says as a major sponsor of the event, ASB is proud to welcome event-goers to celebrate the Year of the Pig.

“It’s exciting to see one of the country’s biggest cultural festivals continue to grow each year, and we have the privilege as a sponsor to be part of that. We’re looking forward to another fantastic event, celebrating Lunar New Year and the Year of the Pig.”

Here’s what you can experience at the ASB Lantern Garden:

Giant kaleidoscope
We’ve taken the humble kaleidoscope and supersized it, creating an exciting visual experience for all ages. Our kaleidoscopes allows users to spin wheels and then using light and mirrors, creates beautiful, fascinating patterns.

Inaugural transformation of historical band rotunda
We’re creating history by turning the historic Auckland Domain rotunda into an interactive lantern. Onlookers will be captivated as images from the giant kaleidoscopes are projected onto the specially built rotunda lantern walls. Instagram-lovers can enjoy using the kaleidoscopes as a projector and illuminate the lantern with their own image – hundreds of times.

ASB silent disco
For all the young and young at heart, the ASB Cube will be turned into a silent disco of epic proportions. The three music channels will have something for everyone to enjoy.

Performance stage
We’ll have free live performances to enjoy throughout the night, including traditional lion dance and a yoyo show by Diablo, on our special ASB performance stage.

Lantern garden
Scattered throughout our garden are brightly glowing orbs and light skewers created by Angus Muir Designs.

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