Produced by the Secret Lantern Society
Artistic Director Naomi Singer
One festival, many neighbourhoods
20th Anniversary Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
The dance of the sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit, expressed through art and music, throughout the ages. Honouring many cultural traditions, the annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the longest night of the year with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music and dancing!
This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival. To mark this milestone, we bring you the inaugural Winter Solstice Dance at Astorino's Hall. Featuring High Society, Orkestar Slivovica, and The Barefoot Bandits. Click East Side for detailed ticket info. To purchase tickets online now, see button below.
Come celebrate this free community event with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in five Vancouver neighbourhoods. These five little festivals are community-based and reflect the unique nature of each neighbourhood. Intimate and accessible, each invites your participation. Wherever you wind up, we hope you feel connected to your community and to the universal spirit of celebration!
Click here to learn more about the science of solstice.
A free family event, with some ticketed venues. Suggested donation of $5/person gratefully accepted.
Note: Secrets are continually being revealedů please check back for updates.
Experience the Labyrinth of Light
The labyrinth has long been used for
meditation, prayer and sites of ritual in various
cultures around the world. Created with over 700
pure beeswax candles, the winter solstice labyrinth
invites you to warm yourself in a self-guided ceremony
intended to help release old attachments and envision new
possibilities as the darkest night of the year births
a new season.
* Granville Island at Performance Works 6:00pm - 10:00pm
* Yaletown at Roundhouse Community Centre 6:00pm - 11:00pm
TIMED TICKETS (ONLINE OR ON-SITE)
Tickets are available online ($5.50) or at the door ($5.00). Visit the links above for detailed ticket info. To purchase timed tickets online now, see buttons below.
A message from the Artistic Director
If you love this festival, please write and tell us what the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival means to you. Your letters are more important than you know - not only do they touch our spirit, they are included in every grant we write to illustrate how deeply art touches the lives of so many.
Without funding this festival (and so much more) could not take place. While government funding and our festival partners play a key role in bringing the experience of art and music from diverse cultures to you, many more resources are needed. Ensure the festival returns each year by making a donation at the event.
Artistic Director, Secret Lantern Society