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Lantern Festival bigger and better than ever


The beautiful annual Osmanthus Gardens Lantern Festival will be bigger and better than ever this month as we celebrate our 40th anniversary of the Hastings-Guilin Sister City relationship.

Running from April 12 to 18, this year’s event will feature more lanterns, a larger festival, food trucks – and a world class performer appearing on the Friday and Saturday nights at the gardens in Cornwall Park.

Hastings District councillor and event organiser Kevin Watkins says it promises to be a fabulous festival to celebrate 40 years of Sister Cities.

Later in September there will be more celebrations of the Hastings-Guilin Sister City relationship timed to align with the annual Blossom Festival.

The relationship began in 1981 with the signing of the Sister City agreement on March 4. It was the first Sister City agreement between cities in China and New Zealand. Over the ensuing 40 years there had been numerous student, teacher, science, trade, and cultural exchanges, which had seen special friendships formed, information shared, and understanding develop.

“It really is a special time and we look forward to the community joining together as exciting events unfold over the year,” says Mr Watkins.

30 March 2021

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