Surrey Lantern Festival remains closed, months after scheduled opening

Nov 28 2018, 5:53 pm

Nearly two months have passed since its “grand opening” date and the Art of Light Surrey International Lantern Festival has still yet to open to the public.

In October, organizers released a statement on the event website explaining that technical issues would prevent them from meeting their grand opening on time.

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A statement posted by festival organizers on October (Art of Lights/Surrey) International Lantern Festival

The announcement came 24 hours before their slated opening day.

Further updates were provided, with photos of the actual festival grounds uploaded on social media. A grand opening was once again set for October 31, 2018, with promises of food trucks, live music, and Halloween-themed activities.

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Photos of the festival grounds, uploaded onto social media (Canada Chuansheng Media)

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Photos of the festival grounds, uploaded onto social media (Canada Chuansheng Media)

The Halloween opening was cancelled once again on account of heavy rain.

The day after, event organizers explained that they didn’t have the proper certifications and a number of documents that were still yet to be approved by the City of Surrey.

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A photo of event organizers testing the lights, taken on November 18, 2018

The company has spent the majority of November making structural and electrical changes to their lanterns, in order to meet the city’s requirements.

Their latest update, posted on November 21, explains that they’ve received a number of certifications that they were lacking earlier in the year. It was also explained that they were required to make changes “more than three times to meet city hall’s requirements.”

“There are more detailed requirements as we change them, so we just had to follow the new change requirements. But no matter how many times we have to change, we’ll change accordingly to make our event happen for everyone,” reads a post on Chuansheng’s Facebook page.

Meanwhile, more and more people who purchased advanced tickets are asking for refunds.

As it stands, an opening date has still yet to be announced by festival organizers.

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