Nelson Leader : December 19th 2013
24 THE NELSON LEADER, DECEMBER 19, 2013 NEWS Lighting up: Sophia Eagle, left, Ayla Davis and Maia Eagle among the crowds at the lantern festival at the Centre ofNewZealand over the weekend. Soulful: Rylee Petterson of Samba de Sol gets ready to entertain the large crowd at the Centre ofNew Zealand. Photos: VIRGINIAWOOLF on Saturday evening for the annual lantern festival. The perennial crowd favourite heralded the start of the Nelson City Council’s summer festival programme. Festival director Sophie Kelly Lantern festival still favourite T housands hiked up the Centre of New Zealand hill from the Botanical Reserve said she was always ‘‘totally blown away’’ by the diversity of people who attended the event. Ms Kelly reckoned 3000 or more Bright: Jenaya Maunsell, left and Rosie Leby enjoying themselves at the lantern festival. turned out. She credited community events co-ordinator Michaela Blackman for contribu- ting to the success of the event , which included a strong performance element. ‘‘I think what’s also really special about the event is that there’s no commercial element. It’s completely about community and families coming together,’’ Ms Kelly said. The crowd, which had swelled to several thousand and was still coming up the hill in droves by nightfall, gathered in the Sir Stanley Whitehead Park near the Centre of New Zealand to hear the rhythms of Nelson’s community percussion group Samba de Sol. Christmas spirit: Alanna, aged two, and her mother join the crowds on Saturday. Colourful: Mermaid belly dancer Greta Tapper entertains the lantern festival crowd.
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