Lantern Festival 2013– Year Of The Snake

Auckland’s Albert Park is getting ready to be illuminated at the annual Lantern Festival on 22 – 24 February. The largest Chinese event in the region brings to a close the traditional fortnight of Chinese New Year celebrations. It truly is a shining example of Auckland’s vibrant ethnic diversity.

This popular event can attract up to 60,000 people a day with Auckland Library, Auckland Art Gallery, Lorne St and Khartoum Place also being key festival sites, with Chinese red lanterns forming part of the central city display on Queen Street.

With 2013 being the year of the snake, which represents great wisdom and intuition, you can expect to see a few around the Lantern Festival.

Adding to the event are two of the most acclaimed musical groups in China, Award-winning folk/rock band Omnipotent Youth Society (OYS) from Hebei, and Beauty and Melody who are a classical music ensemble from Sichuan. Both will headline at this year’s festival and give attendees a unique chance to experience world-class Chinese artists in New Zealand.

Beauty and Melody will be performing at this years Lantern Festival

 Opening the three day festival is Auckland Mayor Len Brown at 8pm on 22 February, he says,

“The Auckland Lantern Festival is highly anticipated each year and is one of the key events that celebrates Auckland as an Asia-Pacific city and contributes to our ambition to be the world’s most liveable city. It is great to see Aucklanders and visitors of all backgrounds celebrating our ethnic diversity and the contribution our long-term and more recent Chinese Aucklanders make to our social fabric….Albert Park will come alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of China for the weekend, and I encourage all Aucklanders to come and enjoy this wonderful spectacle.”

For more information, go to aucklandnz.com/lanternfestival