Now in its 19th year, The Magic of Lanterns festival is an absolute favourite of Montrealers of all ages. Hosted in the Montreal Botanical Garden‘s Chinese Garden, it is the perfect way to put a spotlight on one of the city’s most beautiful and serene spaces…
This year’s theme is “The First Emperor’s Procession” and over 900 lanterns have been used to pay tribute to China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi. From guard towers to chariots, bells to drums, you can follow the royal path to the capital of Xianyang. The lanterns are designed in Montreal, handcrafted in Shanghai, delicately shipped to Montreal and painstakingly arranged in the Botanical Gardens to create a truly unique experience. The Garden stays open every day until 9pm (early evening is an ideal time to visit), but there are a couple events worth circling on your calendar…
The Lanterns in Music: Tuesdays (drum and gong) and Saturdays (guzheng), September 9 to October 31, 5:15, 6, 6:45, 7:15 and 8 p.m.
Beijing Opera under the Lanterns: Excerpts from the Beijing Opera (song and dance), September 22 and 28, 6, 6:30, 7:15 and 8 p.m.
Guided Tours of the Lanterns: Learn all about the Garden and China’s First Emperor, September 9 to October 31, Daily at 2 and 6 p.m. (30 min)
Photography Workshops and Tips (Photo Lozeau): October 14-16, 6 to 9 p.m.
Light up our Lanterns: Transform yourself into a source of renewable energy and light up our lanterns, September 9 to October 31
The Magic of Lanterns, September 9 to October 31, 2011
Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Sherbrooke East, (514) 872-1400