Canada's Largest Lantern Light Festival
About Lanterns in Culture
Lanterns appear regularly in many traditional Chinese festivals and celebrations as a symbol of luck and hope. Our artists will bring over 50 stunning lantern exhibits to this event and make it an unforgettable experience for everyone. Our artists were inspired during their multiple visits to Winnipeg Manitoba and created these featured exhibits that represent the culture and history of Manitoba.
About Winnipeg’s relationship with Chengdu, China
In 1988, then Mayor Bill Norrie and Chamber of Commerce President Dorothy Dobbie, travelled to Chengdu to take part in the twinning of Chengdu with the City of Winnipeg. One of the outcomes of this joint civic/business trip was the exchange of two giant pandas for a one-year visit to Winnipeg and the return gift of a pair of polar bear cubs to Chengdu. The pandas arrived in 1989 and the visit was managed for the Winnipeg Zoo by Brian Wood, the immediate past chair of the Hong Kong Business Association. It is the goal of the Committee promoting Lights of the North to reignite the Sister City relationship between Chengdu and Winnipeg.