Auckland Lantern Festival offers free guided tour for blind and low-vision people

Published on : Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Auckland Lantern FestivalThere’s a special offer for blind and low-vision people at the Auckland Lantern Festival. These people can take a guided audio tour of the Festival on Feb 9. The free tour take place from 6pm – 7.15pm.


An audio-described tour with a tailored commentary will be delivered by a professional audio describer using a discreet headset with a single earpiece headphone, describing the visual elements of the tour through the festival site.

Audio describer Nicola Owen says the tour enables blind and low vision patrons to enjoy visual arts and cultural events alongside their sighted peers.


“The festival is a huge and popular event in Auckland and a having an audio-described tour means that people who are blind or have low vision get an opportunity to be part of a cultural festival that many other Aucklanders enjoy each year. The audio description commentary enables visitors who are blind or have low vision to appreciate the lanterns and to learn about the festival,” says Nicola Owen.


The Auckland Lantern Festival is delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), on behalf of Auckland Council, in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

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