Hundreds of vibrantly coloured lanterns will illuminate Carlton Corner in Hagley Park North for the Christchurch Lantern Festival over the weekend of Saturday 22 February and Sunday 23 February. Entry is free.

Families and friends are invited to picnic on the grass, while enjoying local and international performers, cultural demonstrations and a fantastic array of food and drink.

International artists include China’s legendary metal band Tang Dynasty, a spectacular drumming group from Shanghai, a traditional dance and music group from southern China, and a kite-maker.

The Chinese Lantern Festival is organised by the Asia New Zealand Foundation with support from the Christchurch City Council.

About the author