Carnival to feature new types of lanterns

The Midwinter Carnival art team Hannah Johnston (left) and Filipa (Fairy) Crofskey show off some of the lanterns created for this year’s carnival, with Zahnia Crofskey-McLean (2). PHOTOS: JESSICA WILSON
The Midwinter Carnival art team Hannah Johnston (left) and Filipa (Fairy) Crofskey show off some of the lanterns created for this year’s carnival, with Zahnia Crofskey-McLean (2). PHOTOS: JESSICA WILSON

The streets of Dunedin will again be lit up with lanterns during the Midwinter Carnival parade.

More than 1000 people take part in the procession, of lanterns, costumed stilt walkers, dancers and musicians, through the Octagon on June 24.

The Midwinter Carnival art team have been busy creating lanterns to fit this year’s Nocturnal Nature theme.

Nestled in the workshop are the start of eel, owl, tree and snail lanterns, among others, and plenty more are planned.

Art team member Katrina Thomson, who was creating a snail, said the hardest part was making sure the big lanterns stayed upright while still being light enough to carry.

They had to have enough internal structure to make sure they held their shape, she said.

She usually created the lanterns using a 2-D image but made a smaller model to produce the snail.

Cane and tape was used to create the structure of the lanterns, which would then be fitted out with lights and tissue paper.

This year’s lanterns will have movable joints and body parts.

Lantern workshop coordinator Filipa (Fairy) Crofskey said there would be about 10 new types of lanterns and old ones would be modified to fit this year’s theme.

Dunedin families would get the chance to create their own lanterns — either an owl, flax or koru — at this year’s workshops.

All workshops were booked out within three days of registration opening, she said.

The carnival’s long-time artistic director Juliet Novena Sorrel stepped down this year but will be on hand to mentor the art team.

‘‘They have a wealth of skills between them, so I’m totally confident that the carnival is in good hands,’’ she said.

She looked forward to seeing the carnival grow and change.

‘‘I’ve given this event my best and really learned a lot and feel so proud of what we have achieved up to now.

‘‘So I’m passing the vision on to new people and I’m sure it will continue to be an incredible community event for many years.’’

JESSICA.WILSON@thestar.co.nz 

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