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Auckland Lantern Festival for the first time in two years to announce the arrival of the Tiger Year

Festival producer Eric Ngan says his team is busy ahead of the event at ASB Showgrounds next month.Photo / Jason Oxenham

Thousands of people will attend the four-day Auckland Lantern Festival in February after being canceled for the second year in a row due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

For the first time from February 10th to 13th at the ASB Showground, the organizers of this year’s festival promise a very different experience for festival attendees. Most lantern displays are exhibited indoors.

Formerly held in Auckland Domain, the annual festival celebrates Chinese New Year with lantern exhibits, music, dance, arts, crafts and food. Lunar New Year is February 1st this year, which is the year of the tiger.

Eric Gan, event producer. The Lantern Festival promises a whole new experience for festival participants this year.Photo / Jason Oxenham
Eric Gan, event producer. The Lantern Festival promises a whole new experience for festival participants this year.Photo / Jason Oxenham

The Free Festival is New Zealand’s largest cultural festival and is expected to attract more than 100,000 Auckland citizens and visitors.

Event producer Eric Ngan said the showground not only offers the opportunity to showcase new highlights and features, but also provides space and equipment for all traditional lantern festival favorites.

New releases at this year’s festival include panels and talks with speakers and panelists from the Asian and New Zealand creative communities, film screenings, and audio-guided lantern tours.

Over 800 handmade lanterns illuminate the lantern pavilion, allowing visitors to follow the indoor lantern trails and experience lantern and Chinese cultural stories in theme and imaginative settings.

The Auckland Lantern Festival is back after two years of absence and will be held at the ASB Showground this year.Photo / Attached
The Auckland Lantern Festival is back after two years of absence and will be held at the ASB Showground this year.Photo / Attached

“The presence of lanterns in the hall means that you don’t have to wait for nightfall to illuminate the lanterns,” Ngan said.

“It also means that people can have a longer time to see and enjoy the lanterns.”

After waiting for three years, the stall operators are also excited to return to the festival.

Patrick Leon, 67, will be one of 29 stalls selling Chinese and Asian food for mom dumplings in the food truck business.

“The atmosphere at the Lantern Festival is always very exciting. I didn’t expect to wait three years to come back,” he said.

Mama's dumplings Lily Wen, Patrick Leon and his son Daniel Chu can't wait to return to Auckland's Lantern Festival.Photo / Michael Craig
Mama’s dumplings Lily Wen, Patrick Leon and his son Daniel Chu can’t wait to return to Auckland’s Lantern Festival.Photo / Michael Craig

Dumplings were made by his wife, Lily Wen, 47, and are usually a hot seller due to the importance of eating Chinese dumplings during the Lunar New Year.

Dumplings are shaped like ingots and ancient Chinese money, and it is believed that those who eat dumplings during the festival will have considerable wealth next year.

Originally from Sichuan, Wen said dumplings are her must-have for eating between the eve of Chinese New Year and Chinese New Year.

There are also 13 stalls selling traditional and contemporary crafts and gifts, where local artisans demonstrate traditional Chinese calligraphy, kite making, fan painting and embroidery, and visitors unravel the mysteries of China. can do.

The border is still closed to most international travelers, and this year’s main stage will be replaced by top New Zealand and Chinese performers, from Chinese folk, opera and orchestra to modern pop, dance and martial arts. Provides entertainment.

Dumplings are shaped like ancient Chinese money, and it is believed that those who eat dumplings during the Lunar New Year have wealth.Photo / Michael Craig
Dumplings are shaped like ancient Chinese money, and it is believed that those who eat dumplings during the Lunar New Year have wealth.Photo / Michael Craig

“The festival team is vibrant and can’t wait to join the Auckland Chinese community to celebrate the Chinese New Year in a glamorous way at the Auckland Showground,” said Auckland Unlimited Art, Entertainment and Events. Director, Richard Clark.

“A great deal of effort and paralysis has been spent planning and programming the event. From a brand new lantern commission to more crafts and stalls, talks and movies, group tours, audio guided tours of lanterns and more. To the feature. The pavilion, and extended the weekend time. “

The online Lantern Festival program at aucklandnz.com also features festival videos, Chinese crafts and cooking classes, galleries, playlists and performers.

This year, the ticket system will be used to help manage the crowd and track contacts, which is expected to be in high demand. We recommend that you book early. Tickets will be available at aucklandnz.com/lantern from 9am on Monday, January 24th.

Auckland Lantern Festival for the first time in two years to announce the arrival of the Tiger Year

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