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Festival Entertainment

There's fun for the whole family at this year's Christchurch Lantern Festival with entertainment ranging from acrobats to Chinese shadow puppetry to traditional rock music by Liao Qiang band from Shaanxi Province.

There will be two stages for performances – one located in Cathedral Square while the other will be positioned beside the Avon River on Durham Street and opposite The Terrace.

Entertainers include:

Traditional rock music band Liao Qiang, from Xi’an, capital city of Shaanxi Province

Headline act Lao Qiang specialise in joyous, lusty folk singing that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Sometimes described as "ancient Chinese rock'n roll" Lao Qiang (Old Tune) music has been played for centuries in the countryside around Mount Hua in northwest China's Shaanxi province. Lao Qiang have travelled internationally to America, Europe and the Sydney Arts Festival, as well as playing for President Xi Jinping.

Chinese Shadow puppetry troupe

Chinese shadow puppetry is said to have originated in the former Chinese capital Xi'an, more than 2000 years ago. In its heyday, Chinese shadow puppetry was popular in nearly every province making it one of the most wide-spread folk arts of China. Now only 200 leather silhouette troupes are still around, down from over 1,000 nationwide in the 1980s, so make sure you catch them at the festival.

Throat Singer – Mr Song Baihua

The extraordinary and difficult art of throat-singing or Khöömei is one of the world's oldest forms of music, originating in the west of what is now Mongolia. It is thought to have developed among herders mimicking the sounds of animals, water and the wind. 

Shanghai Xingguang Acrobatic Troop – Mr Li Jie and Mr Zheng Yongqiang

The Xingguang troupe from Shanghai brings a modern twist to this ancient art with its stunning space walk act. 

Saxophone player – Mr Hua Jun