In pictures: Inside the UK's inaugural Magical Lantern Festival

The first Magical Lantern Festival to reach the UK is currently taking place at Chiswick House Gardens in London, to celebrate Chinese New Year.


The immersive festival comprises 50 brightly coloured and illuminated lanterns, which are organised into a series of zones that offer an approximately 70-minute exploration of Chinese culture.

Attendees set off from Chiswick House and make their way through the Corridors of Light installation, which leads to The Mount Huaguo lantern, a special light display that pays homage to the Year of the Monkey.

Other features include the Animal Kingdom, which comprises a range of illuminated creatures such as flamingos, zebras, elephants and even kangaroos, as well as an Enchanted Forest that features a tree of life lantern and exploding flowers.

A life-sized Terracotta Army, 66-metre long dragon and eight-metre high porcelain Imperial Palace lantern are also among the highlights.

The event combines the festival's 2,000-year heritage, and apart from the light installations guests can also expect art, live performances and cuisine inspired by Chinese culture.

Weli Creative owns and manages the festival, which is available to experience in London until 6 March. 

London has also hosted the Lumiere London light festival this year, which proved so popular that some installations were switched off for safety reasons

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