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Registrations are now open for families and people of all ages to secure their visit to the inaugural Moon Lantern Trail (October 21-24) a free community event that is shaping up to be one of the highlights of Adelaide Festival Centre's OzAsia Festival 2021.

The interactive trail will begin at Adelaide Festival Centre, with attendees walking past an impressive 40m Hong Kong dragon lantern along the Adelaide Oval footbridge before reaching the main attractions over at Pinky Flat in the riverbank precinct.

In a new interpretation of the much-loved Moon Lantern Parade, the Moon Lantern Trail offers four days of celebrations, instead of the one-night-only event previously held at Elder Park.


More than 20 giant lanterns from previous OzAsia Festivals will be on display, and a special story will be shared using some of the more popular lanterns from previous parades along with two new additions to be revealed closer to the date. Returning favourites include the flying pig, junk ship, school of fish, lion dance, lucky dog (aka Inu Hariko) and the two pandas.

The Moon Lantern Trail continues the tradition of celebrating the mid-autumn festival, a very important event that has been observed by countries across Asia for thousands of years and has inspired delightful myths, stories and rituals. It'll be embraced in a new family-friendly format across the weekend, giving audiences a more intimate and interactive experience of the spectacular lanterns in a self-led tour in their own time and pace.


Audiences can walk through and admire the lanterns along the trail from 5 pm on the Thursday and Friday and from 12 noon on the Saturday and Sunday. All four nights will feature lanterns lighting up at 7.30pm and giant puppets Rama and Sita roving through the trail from 8pm.

On the weekend, the trail will be complemented by a range of performances and workshops such as calligraphy, lantern making, weaving and more. A full schedule and trail map will be released next month.

While the Moon Lantern Trail is free to attend, registrations are encouraged to guarantee admission for the desired day and time. It's going to be something very special for thousands of festival-goers to enjoy at their own pace, and it will be a great complement to the many other shows and events happening in the first week of the festival.

Other nearby OzAsia Festival offerings include foodies favourite Lucky Dumpling Market at Elder Park along with free art exhibitions in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer.

The Moon Lantern Trail is open from 5pm to 10pm on Thursday, October 21, and Friday, October 22, and from 12 noon to 10pm on Saturday, October 23, and Sunday, October 24.

For more information and to register, visit www.ozasiafestival.com.au/events/moon-lantern-trail
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Why? Free event for all to enjoy
When: 5pm to 10pm on Thursday, October 21, and Friday, October 22, and from 12 noon to 10pm on Saturday, October 23, and Sunday, October 24
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre Riverbank
Cost: Free
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