For the first time in its history, entry to Auckland’s Lantern Festival will be by ticket only, albeit free of charge, Stuff reports. The change of admittance, aimed to control crowd flow, comes after the festival’s relocation to a more confined venue on the city’s waterfront. The Lantern Festival is the city’s biggest cultural event, but had to leave its previous location at Auckland Domain after opposition from the neighbouring hospital over traffic disruption. Council agency Auckland Unlimited said the free tickets would be allocated for three-hour windows, thereby aiming to cap numbers to 11,000 at any one time.
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