Christchurch's popular Lantern Festival is being scaled back to bring in a new event that organisers hope will be even bigger.
The South Island Month Festival will be held in October 2020. The festival concept was created alongside the local Chinese community. With it being aimed at creating an event for locals and boosting international visitor numbers to Christchurch during spring.
The South Island Moon Festival 2020 will be our opportunity to really showcase the city to locals and visitors alike. We want to create a festival that is unique to Christchurch, and is a drawcard event for the city
The lanterns are still set to be around the city as plans were still in place to celebrate the 2020 Chinese New Year by having them in various central city locations.
The festival will be an anchor event for Bloom, the new city brand showcasinh Christchurch's spring events.