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Beauty by Day, Magic by Night


Authentic Chinese lanterns will light up the zoo and set the stage for a unique experience like no other in Calgary.
 

September 8 – October 16, 2016Thursday - Sunday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

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Beauty by Day, Magic by Night


Authentic Chinese lanterns will light up the zoo and set the stage for a unique experience like no other in Calgary.
 

September 8 – October 16, 2016Thursday - Sunday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Buy Your Tickets Now

 

 An authentic Chinese and multicultural experience

After a very successful first year, the Calgary Zoo is proud to announce the return of its marquee event, ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival Presented by Sinopec Canada. The authentic Chinese lanterns will light up the zoo and create an enchanting evening. The 2016 festival lanterns will highlight the four seasons, including the four noble plants of the Chinese culture, as well as incorporating zoo and culturally symbolic animals. Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience authentic Chinese entertainment
and multicultural programming.

Admission to ILLUMINASIA Lantern & Garden Festival Presented by Sinopec Canada helps to support the Calgary Zoo's conservation efforts to protect species at risk, here at home and around the world.


September 8 – October 16, 2016

Thursday-Sunday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 
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The Four Seasons


Let the magic of the seasons guide visitors as they travel through the lantern festival. As the seasons change so do the lanterns, transporting guests to unique new experiences.  Witness tulips in bloom, jumping koi fish, bursts of bright sunflowers and majestic cranes.

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The Four Seasons


Let the magic of the seasons guide visitors as they travel through the lantern festival. As the seasons change so do the lanterns, transporting guests to unique new experiences.  Witness tulips in bloom, jumping koi fish, bursts of bright sunflowers and majestic cranes.

The Four Noble Plants

In Chinese Art, the Four Noble Plants are represented by the orchid, bamboo, the chrysanthemum and the plum blossom. They are often depicted in traditional ink and wash painting since the Chinese Song Dynasty (960-1279) and due to their intricate beauty were incorporated into the cultures of Korea, Japan and Vietnam. These four plants represent the seasons and how they unfold from one season to another.

 

 

Spring

The orchid represents the spring. The beauty and grace of the orchid is fragile in form, with no violent tendencies. Like the plum blossom, its fragrance is never overpowering, symbolizing humility and nobility.

 

Summer

The stalk of the bamboo is hollow, which came to symbolize tolerance and open-mindedness. Furthermore, the flexibility and strength of the bamboo stalk also came to represent the human values of cultivation and integrity in which one yields but does not break. It represents summer, since its abundant with growth during this season. 

 

Fall

The chrysanthemum blooms in the cold autumn air and foretells the coming of winter, which symbolizes the virtue to withstand all adversities.  It reminds us to triumph when the going gets tough and to be brave when faced with adversity. 

 

Winter

The plum tree is renowned for bursting into a riot of blossoms in the dead of winter. Its subtle fragrance spills forth at one of the coldest times of the year, making it difficult to go unnoticed. Though neither the plum tree nor its blossoms are very striking, they manage to exude an otherworldly exquisiteness and beautiful elegance during the desolation of winter. The demeanor and character of the plum tree thereby serves as a metaphor for inner beauty and humble display under adverse conditions.

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Entertainment


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Entertainment


The Stage Show
presented by TD Canada

Featuring The Journey of the Monkey Princess

Journey back to ancient China and prepare to be thrilled and excited. Our main stage show has something for everyone – ninja battles, martial arts, dancing, music, acrobatics and a classic tale of good versus evil. 

fuze Entertainment Solutions’ production of the Monkey Princess, created in collaboration with Peter Boulanger of The Underground Circus, follows a magical journey of growth and enlightenment for “The Monkey Princess”. With support from local talents at the Calgary Music Development Association, Tundra Swan Dance School and the Calgary Tai Chi & Martial Arts College, this modern spin-off of the fabled “Monkey King” is full of excitement, danger and plenty of intrigue sure to be a crowd pleaser!

While similar in nature, the earlier show (7:30 p.m.) is more family-oriented and the later show (8:30 p.m.) is geared towards an adult audience. However, each show is suitable for all audiences.


Complimentary Activities

Chat with interpreters to learn more about these fascinating cultures, and enjoy ongoing musical performances, an art gallery and garden displays.

 

Paid Activities

If you’d like to deepen your cultural understanding of China, Japan, Korea or Vietnam, join us in creating a unique craft.

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Sponsors


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Sponsors


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