Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Magic of Lanterns returns each October to Montreal Botanical Garden

Magic of Lanterns in 2006
Photo by Sue Frause

Now through Halloween, the Chinese Garden of the Montréal Botanical Garden will be transformed into a light-filled show during the 16th edition of the Magic of Lanterns event.

A Thousand and One Stars is this year's theme, and features more than 700 traditional lanterns and dozens of enormous figures representing such popular Chinese performance arts as juggling, acrobatics, opera and music.
The Magic of Lanterns showcases different facets of traditional Chinese culture. Each year is a fresh, new production. The lanterns are designed in Montréal and handcrafted by artists from Shanghai.

The show runs through October, 31, 2008. The Chinese Garden, the Botanical Garden’s exhibition greenhouses and the Insectarium will be open from 9 AM to 9 p.m. daily during the event.