Weli Creative, the organiser of the Magical Lantern Festival, has announced the festival is set to return and expand this year.

As well as returning to Chiswick House Gardens in London, the Magical Lantern Festival will be staged in Roundhay Park, Leeds and Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens from November 2, 2016 – January 2, 2017. After these dates, the display will finish at the London location from January 19 – February 26, 2016.

This year, the venues will be transformed using light sculptures, Chinese arts, VR, games, food and a funfair.

Midas, the event power company, will be working on the event, bringing its generators to all the locations across the UK, which will provide light to 40,000 bulbs as part of the event.

Ian Xiang, the festival’s co-founder and creative director, said: ““Most of the lanterns are actually made in my hometown, so it makes me incredibly proud to see them come all this way across to the UK. This festival will show many people something they’ve never seen or experienced before. It has the potential to increase understanding of Chinese culture here in a way that is entertaining and, importantly, it can be experienced as a family.”

David Nobile, Midas’ managing director, commented: “Roundhay Park and the Botanical Gardens are very different spaces from Chiswick House, but the power principle is the same, tune in, turn on and leave no trace. It’s great to see venturesome events like these thriving out of the traditional season and it’s a pleasure to be involved.”

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