Dragon Lights festival brings in $90,000


Reno’s inaugural Dragon Lights shared its success by donating $90,000 in ticket sales to the Wilbur D. May Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

The Festival also donated over $1,200 from their closing weekend auction to the May Arboretum Society Endowment Fund.

The five-week exhibition hosted over 60,000 visitors with an average attendance of over 1,000 coming each weekday night and over 2,000 people coming every weekend night.

With the festival over, it will take at least three weeks for the festival’s hosts to disassemble over 1,000 lantern parts.

Dragon Lights featured 39 large lanterns in an effort to expose Northern Nevada to Chinese culture in a way in had never been before.

The touring exhibition provides the cultural experience to millions of people worldwide every year.

Tianyu Arts and Culture, the organizers for the event, have announced plans for the Dragon Lights to return to Reno in 2019.

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