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Love, Luck & Fireworks

Love Luck Fireworks

Chinese New Year, or the Chinese Spring Festival, is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar. It is a time for family, reunions and good food. It is steeped in many traditions and themes of good luck, fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity. In the lead up to the 2018 festival, 'Love, Luck and Fireworks' celebrates New Zealand’s Chinese community with a selection of moving images and sounds from our collections that resonate with the themes of the Festival.

The screening includes amateur footage, from the collection of Paul Lowe, of a family wedding with guests dressed in colourful brocade, a Chinese New Year picnic in 1960s Timaru, and a Chinese floral float at the 1959 Caroline Bay parade, all captured in rich colour film stock of the 50s and 60s. It also features a recording from 1948 of an elderly Cromwell resident recalling late 19th Century Chinese gold miners’ New Year celebrations.