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Lantern Parade to light up Palmy

Monday February 26 2018

Light-filled coloured lanterns will again be parading around Palmerston North’s Square for the Festival of Cultures’ Lantern Parade on Saturday 17 March.

Photo shows people carrying colourful lanterns through the Square at night with the clocktower in the background.

The city's annual lantern parade heralds the beginning of the Festival of Cultures.

The Lantern Parade kicks off the week-long Festival of Cultures, one of the city’s longest running community events. To add further colour to the evening, light projections will feature on a nearby building wall.

Street performances including a Balkan-groove marching band will also add to the spectacle. Family entertainment and food trucks start at 7pm. The parade will leave the stage at 8.30pm and wind its way around The Square, with everyone encouraged to join in.

The talented team at Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre Trust (REACT) is creating a new centrepiece lantern to mark the Chinese Year of the Dog, which will be unveiled at the parade.

REACT is hosting lantern-making workshops in the leadup to the event. The workshops run from Wednesday 28 February to Sunday 11 March at the former Public Trust Office in the Central Library Building, 4 The Square. The workshops are free for all ages and all materials are provided.

“We are pleased to have REACT hosting the lantern-making workshops again, following last year’s successful and engaging workshops,” says Ian Littleworth, PNCC Community Engagement Manager.

“The workshops provide a creative space to bring your ideas to life and we encourage the community to make and bring their lanterns of any shape or size to the parade. It is great for our community to have access to the knowledge from REACT and materials supplied for them.”

The lanterns are created from locally sourced and sustainable bamboo and/or willow, then covered with tissue and decorated. There are varying beliefs about the origin of lantern festivals, however it is generally accepted they are about celebrating and cultivating positive relationships between people, families, and nature.

Workshop timetable

  • Wednesday 28 February: 4pm to 8pm
  • Friday 2 March: 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 3 March: 10.30am to 3.30pm
  • Tuesday 6 March: 4pm to 8pm
  • Friday 9 March: 4pm to 8pm
  • Saturday 10 March: 11am to 4pm
  • Sunday 11 March: 11am to 4pm