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Dandenong Festival of Lights returns to Dandenong Showgrounds

by EricaL (follow)
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Did you make it to the Dandenong Festival of Lights show last year? What a feast for the eyes it was.

If you missed last year's event, you have another chance to embrace the festival because the Dandenong Festival of Lights returns to Dandenong Showgrounds this Spring 2016.

The Dandenong Festival of lights is a large-scale event, which sees over 500 colourful lanterns light up after dark.

The outdoor evening event, which opens on 26 August 2016 and runs through to October, embraces Chinese culture through light sculpture displays as well as themed activities.

The display covers some 10,000 square metres throughout the Showgrounds. Gaze in awe at the lanterns that pop out of the darkness after sunset. These amazing sculptures include mythical creatures, Chinese Zodiacs, terracotta warriors and animals such as elephants, pandas and more, and some of which reach as big as 20m wide and 15m tall.

“We are thrilled to be organising and bringing back such a captivating and impressive light festival,” says Rod Stoller, Director of Logistic Events Australia.

“It truly is a one-of-a-kind event which fits in with the arts and culture of Melbourne. With hundreds of new lanterns, we know that the Dandenong Festival of Light will again be a huge success. We hope the festival not only shares Chinese culture, but also enlightens and educates people of all ages.”

Follow the Showgrounds via lit pathways, and enjoy the ambient background sounds to compliment the festival.

To coincide with the cultural aspect of the festival, there will be live lion costume dancing performances, the opportunity to join Kung Fu and Drumming workshops, and you will be able to feast on dumplings and other food treats from the festival's food vendors.

This is a family-friendly festival, which opens between 6 - 10pm every evening from 26 August to 6 October, 2016.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for kids, $60 for a family of four. Under 3's are FREE.

For more information on the festival and how to book tickets, visit www.lightfestival.com.au, and follow all the latest news on Facebook.

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