By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – From October 5, 2019 until January 8th, 2020, Jungle Island at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, will light up the city nights with its ‘Luminosa: Chinese Lantern Festival’. Hundreds of silk-made lanterns in Miami-themed shapes, and one million LED lights will light 13 acres of this magical journey.
Jon Dunlap, CEO of Iconic Attractions Group and President of Jungle Island, commented on the selection process for the lantern figures, “ It was important to us to infuse elements of Miami and the jungle, beginning with an exploration of wildlife, birds, bloom and the beautiful Biscayne Bay.”
He continued, “Luminosa is rooted in history and adventure, and is a celebration of the evolution of Jungle Island into a world-class eco-adventure park and events destination.”
Historically the Chinese Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year, as people are though to let go of the past and welcome the new; a tradition that dates back approximately 2,000 years, to the Eastern Hans Dynasty.
Jungle Island’s recreation and homage is presented in partnership with Zigong Lantern Group and China Lantern international, the “#1 leader in Chinese Lantern Festivals worldwide.” They are responsible for the “fine craftsmanship and detail of each colorful lantern.”
“Our joint effort with Jungle Island has influenced our design team to create something truly extraordinary,” adds Justin Corsa, executive director USA, China Lantern International. “Local Miami flair combined with eastern craftsmanship will result in one of our most creative and innovative exhibits to date.”
Jon Dunlap added that in the Jungle Island experience “there are surprises and delights at every turn, from a life-sized demure cassowary to a sea of glowing jellyfish.”
“Everything is illuminated! The journey also includes an expansive space that opens up to a dramatic Art District, which is our interpretation of an iconic Wynwood destination,” Dunlap shares.
There will be cocktails, beverages and food available for purchase. Tickets are $30.95 per child and $35.95 per adult.