Auckland Lantern Festival makes online debut after cancellation of physical event


Auckland Lantern Festival is being celebrated online this year after the physical version was cancelled due to New Zealand’s move to the red traffic light setting.

The online programme, to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Tiger, is being launched today, which also happens to be Chinese New Year.

The festival makes its online debut at, and will feature a line-up of Lantern Festival music, dance, craft, and culture.

The festival at the Auckland Showgrounds was expected to be attended by up to 100,000 Aucklanders from 10-13 February before organisers decided on its cancellation.

The online content will be updated daily throughout the festival period and will remain live even after the traditional New Year festivities end.

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