Tingha's Chinese Lantern Festival televised across the country

Action packed: Inverell Shire councillor Anthony Michael joined over 200 people in celebrating the 2017 Chinese Lantern Festival at the Sports and Recreation Club.

Action packed: Inverell Shire councillor Anthony Michael joined over 200 people in celebrating the 2017 Chinese Lantern Festival at the Sports and Recreation Club.

Tingha’s 2017 Chinese Lantern Festival has been a national hit after the event was televised across the country on Sunday.

The festival followed on from the success of the 2016 Chinese New Year celebration and the Tingha Citizens Association Inc decided to make an annual event of celebrating the community’s Chinese history. 

“It was absoluely fabulous,” TCAI president Colleen Graham said.

“It was on worldwide television last night [Sunday] and we had the lanterns up which looked magic.

“We had a Chinese chef John Mun Hing from Armidale and everyone loved the food.”

Ms Graham said over 200 people enjoyed festivities at the old tin mining town including visitors from Inverell, Armidale, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and the Inverell Shire’s mayor and deputy mayor.

While the fireworks were cancelled due to a complete fire ban – it didn’t stop the event from being a huge success.

“It was wonderful to see a good cross-section of cultures,” Ms Graham said.

“The venue was at capacity and we could not have fit anyone else in the club.”

The venue was at capacity and we could not have fit anyone else in the club.

Colleen Graham