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Festival celebrates Canberra-Nara friendship

Posted September 26, 2008 11:19:00
Updated September 26, 2008 11:44:00

More than 2,000 candles will illuminate Nara Park on Saturday night.

More than 2,000 candles will illuminate Nara Park on Saturday night. (ABC News: Keith Andrew)

More than 2,000 candles will light up Canberra's Japanese gardens tomorrow evening to celebrate the capital's relationship with its sister city Nara.

The 14th Canberra Nara Candle Festival will feature Japanese food, cultural activities and entertainment.

Simon Kinsmore from the ACT Chief Minister's Department says the cherry blossoms at Nara Park create a lovely backdrop for the spectacular event.

"The best part of the night is the lighting of more than 2,000 candles and ceremonial lanterns in the dry creek bed at the Nara Park," he said.

He says the festival celebrates the friendship and goodwill between Australia and Japan.

"We're very serious about our sister city relationships and to be able to celebrate it in a way that promotes the Japanese culture and some of their customs is very important, particularly in a multicultural society like Canberra has," he said.

The festival at Canberra Nara Park kicks off at 3:00pm.

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