Magical Lantern Festival

Chiswick House Gardens, London - ENTRANCE through Duke’s Avenue Gate

Picture of Magical Lantern Festival

Event location:
Chiswick House, Chiswick House Grounds
When:Event passed!
It was on
Tue 19th Jan 2016 to
Fri 26th Feb 2016

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Where:Chiswick House Gardens, London - ENTRANCE through Duke’s Avenue Gate W4 2QN
Map:Map & Nearby
Times:Open Thursday to Sunday 5pm to 10pm, last entry 9pm (open every day during Feb half-term)
Admission:TICKETS: Advance Tickets: Adult £18 weekend, £16.50 weekday Child £12 weekend, £10.50 weekday, Family £56 weekend, £50 weekday, Concessions £16 weekend, £14.50 weekday - On the Door Ticket Prices: Adu

About the event

LONDON’S annual Magical Lantern Festival is back, transforming historic Chiswick House Gardens into a fairytale world of light sculptures, Chinese arts, Virtual Reality, games & food with a funfair and 30-metre ice rink, from January 19th - February 26th.

The restored 18th Century gardens in West London will see its 65 acres packed with over 50 illuminated installations, celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Rooster, its London host and this year’s theme, The Silk Road, including a 15-metre illuminated sculpture of the Houses of Parliament, a full-size replica of the ship that Chinese Admiral Zheng used on his trade explorations, and an ambitious, lantern adventure across the Silk Road, through Europe, Asia, Arabia, Egypt, Persia, India and Ancient China.
The awe-inspiring 3-D lantern experience enjoyed a sold-out run, a slew of award nominations and a galaxy of star fans, including Ant and Dec, Emma Bunton, Emilia Fox and Clare Balding during the festival’s London 2016 debut, with more than 100,000 visitors delighting in amazing photo opportunities at every turn as they strolled along pathways festooned with interactive, illuminated lotus flowers and dragons.

The festival traditionally marks the end of Chinese New Year (Jan 28th 2017), with families and couples celebrating by carrying or making the delicate silk lanterns which symbolise new beginnings, letting go of old grudges and good fortune.

It’s the brainchild of Weli Creative’s David Lee and Ian Xiang of Weli Creative, who explained: “We were absolutely delighted to see London’s extremely enthusiastic response to this important Chinese tradition last year and were keen to make it an annual event for the UK.

“Beautiful Chiswick House Gardens is the perfect backdrop for the Lantern Festival, providing a stunning location and canvas for these magnificent, illuminated lantern sculptures, which leave visitors of all ages delighted and hungry to share pictures with friends.”

In China, artists have been making the breath-taking artworks for more than 2000 years, with the designs becoming bigger and more ambitious with each passing celebration.

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