As a Commercial PR Photographer based in Birmingham I get to work with some awesome PR & Event companies & photograph some pretty fabulous events. It was great to work together with East Village PR, Weli Creative & Acquis Media as the amazing Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham Botanical Gardens makes it’s debut in leafy Edgbaston. The Magical Lantern Festival is a spectacular fusion of art, heritage and culture. A stunning outdoor Xmas themed event, a festival of light and illumination. Visitors will follow a trail around Botanical Gardens and explore amazing giant lanterns, which represent Xmas, traditional Chinese culture and the amazing 2000-year heritage of Lantern Festivals.
These unique, artistic and beautifully constructed installations are being designed and made in China, and brought over to Birmingham especially for the event. Joining Santa and his reindeer will be a beautiful 12-metre wide lantern scene featuring penguins, snowmen, Christmas trees and baubles. There will also be a giant Christmas fairy themed area, spanning an impressive 500 metres across the garden landscape, with a floating fairy surrounded by beautiful butterflies and a garden floor awash with thousands of brightly lit tiny lights.
Celebrating over 2,000 years of lantern festivals, Christmas at Birmingham Botanical Gardens will also feature some traditional Chinese lanterns, alongside the Christmas lanterns. Bamboo pandas will spread out into the open space, alongside a mesmerising Chinese Pagoda lantern that’s wrapped in gold silk and stands at eight metres high. Vibrant colours will continue with a proud peacock lantern that stands at 12 metres wide and three metres high; and even a magnificent scene of giant birdcages, wrapped in flowers and housing brightly-illuminated birds will capture your imagination with its vast 10 metre width and eight metre height. You’ll even see a larger than life grasshopper that stands at almost two metres tall.
I was commissioned to capture images of these wonderful lanterns prior to the grand opening of the Festival & I have to say, it took me right back to childhood when I would visit Illuminations at my local arboretum & walk round with awe & wonder. A truly magical & wonderful experience for families & well worth a visit. The Festival runs until 2nd January 2017 so plenty of time to plan a visit – head over to the Magical Lantern Website for all the info.
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