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Colourful Kitsch at the China Light Festival in Rotterdam

The Netherlands' second city has launched yet another new festival: the China Light Festival. From 7 December 2012 to 14 February 2013 from 16.30 to 22.00 every day, visit the park next to the Euromast to experience a little bit of China in Rotterdam. Highly recommended for some awesome lomo long exposures!

Photo by frau_inga

Maybe you wouldn’t agree if you saw me but I have a huge weakness for all things kitsch. Whether that’s Mexican sugar skulls, tacky 80’s music, or Chinese lanterns in all the colours of the rainbow, I love it!

The China Light Festival with its colours and lanterns was therefore a must for me. Armed with analogue cameras, a tripod and two photo-friends that were both up for a night of analogue photography, I headed to the Euromast park in Rotterdam. It was drizzling and cold but that didn’t stop us! The China Light Festival met all my expectations… and more!

Most of the park has been dedicated to the festival. However, you can’t just walk in without a ticket, and at €15, it’s quite steep too. But I can guarantee you will be blown away by a sea of lights, colours, dragons, flowers, fish, and smiling dolls from Chinese mythology. A great deal of the park consists of water and this hosts many lanterns too. Luckily for us, there was no wind so you could see beautiful reflections on the water, which was perfect for lomography!

Photo by frau_inga

This light festival is great for making awesome double exposures! I also had a film swap roll with me and I took a few great shots on that too:

Besides a stroll through the beautifully lit park, there is plenty more to do. A few times each evening there is a laser show which you can view with a supplement, but we left this. You can also buy warm Chinese snacks and there’s a stall with all sorts of cute Chinese goodies to buy, such as lanterns, hats and other nick-knacks which was great!

I hear you wonder if the festival was worth the €15 entry fee. I think so. Would I go again? Not sure. It was beautiful to see and certainly fun to take photos of but it’s not really something I’d like to see every year. But if you love light, colour and night photography, I’d highly recommend it.

You can read more about the China Light Festival on the website. You can also buy advance tickets to save a bob!

written by frau_inga and translated by amytphotography

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The original version of this article is written in: Nederlands.