Lantern Festival returns

Last updated 05:00 17/12/2013
Auckland Lantern Festival

VISUAL TREAT : Don't miss the Auckland Lantern Festival being celebrated at Albert Park and Queens Wharf in 2014

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Make a note in your 2014 diary - the Auckland Lantern Festival from February 13 to 16 is shaping up to be the biggest and brightest yet.

The annual event is proudly supported by Fairfax Media and will start with a 'lantern-only' night at Albert Park on February 13.

It will continue over the next two days with on stage performances, traditional festivities and feasting.

A full programme of entertainment will also take place at Queens Wharf.

The event will include a massive fireworks finale on Sunday night from the Sky Tower.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) General Manager Destination and Marketing Rachael Carroll says the festival is one of the biggest and most popular cultural extravaganzas in the region and celebrates its vibrant ethnic diversity.

"By expanding the festival programme to two stunning locations we can showcase the many sides of this diverse culture - from contemporary Chinese movies to traditional drumming and from the high energy of the lion dance to the tranquillity of the tea ceremony."

The festival is celebrated on the first full moon after the Chinese New Year.  

The 2014 event  will welcome in the Chinese zodiac Year of the Horse, which symbolises graciousness, dignity and momentum. 

The festival is organised by ATEED in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation.

Go to aucklandnz.com/lantern for more information.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Highlights for the 2014 festival include:

*A lantern-only night on February 13 for those who want to enjoy the hand-crafted decorations in a more relaxed environment.

*Outdoor movies by the waterfront - an urban picnic with feature films and short films for all the family to enjoy.

*Three evenings of main stage performance, including martial arts, dance and live music.  International and local artists will perform everything from rock and contemporary folk music to drumming and traditional dance.  

*A spectacular fireworks finale from the Sky Tower on February 16

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