Sunshine Lantern Festival is celebrating its best-attended festival in its history.

Organisers believe more than 30,000 people flocked to Hampshire Road on Saturday for the 10-hour extravaganza of dance, music, colour and culture.

“We had around 10,000 people turn up last year so this year’s attendance has been unbelievable,” festival organiser Tracey Cammock said.

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Under sunny skies, thousands enjoyed entertainment from the Sunshine Community Brass Band, the Vietnamese Cultural Dancers, a magic show, sizzling Bollywood performances, a stirring Maori dance, hip-hop, an all-female gypsy trio and the electric reggae grooves of Rasta Unity.