On January 28th, 2017 The Fairgrounds Executive Director Laura Schloesser announced that they entered into an agreement to bring the China Lights lantern festival to the fairgrounds. The festival is part of China’s five-year economic plan, the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce developed a campaign with the goal of holding 100 light shows in 100 cities worldwide to spread Chinese traditional culture and promote cultural exchange. The custom of lighting lanterns has occurred for thousands of years and Zigong City now boasts 380 lantern making companies with 80,000 lantern artisans.
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China Lights focuses on the art, skill, and beauty of traditional Chinese lantern festivals that have been celebrated for the last 400 years. The building process which includes 40 exhibits, made of 1,000 components that are welded together and then covered with colored silk and hand painted took one month to complete. The displays are illuminated with LED lighting to complete the visual experience.
The festival runs from, May 12 – June 11, 2017 at The Fairgrounds Nashville.