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Light trail to sparkle new city path

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Botanic D'Lights, an interactive light trail, will lead through the Botanic Gardens and Arts Centre.  Christchurch City Council

The Botanic D'Lights event is set to blaze a new trail from the Gardens to the Arts Centre.

“It is going to add an extra dimension to the Botanic D’Lights experience and allow us to shine the light on the after-dark magic of two very different environments,’’ said Christchurch City Council Arts and Events Manager Karena Finnie.

Botanic D’Lights is a biennial event showcasing New Zealand’s top lighting artists, designers and creatives. This year, students from Ara Institute of Canterbury will be involved in the festival of around 47 different lighting and project-based installations.

Botanic D'Lights has proved to be one of the City Council's most popular events, with more than 70,000 people attending the event in August 2016.

Councillor Deon Swiggs said the Council was dedicated to creating a vibrant, lively city residents could engage with and would like to see more events of this nature in the future. He said the Central city has been a little bit hard to get to for quite some time since the earthquakes.

"The more events we have that cater for all sorts of different people, give people an opportunity to come in, try it out and really get involved in the next stage of recovery for the city," he said.

The free Botanic D'Lights event will be held over five nights starting August 8.

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