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Overview


23rd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Wednesday December 21, 2016

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Overview


23rd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Wednesday December 21, 2016

One festival, many neighbourhoods

The 23rd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
Wednesday December 21, 2016

Seawall procession

Seawall procession

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 darkest night of the year with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music and dancing!

Come celebrate this free community event with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in four Vancouver neighbourhoods. These four 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!

The event begins at 6:00 PM with lantern processions in each neighbourhood followed by multicultural performances and activities in a variety of indoor venues. These include: Yaletown, Granville Island, and Strathcona.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden will undergo pond renovations in December 2016. Winter Solstice Lantern Festival will return to the Garden in 2017.

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.

Activity Highlight

LABYRINTH OF LIGHT

Labyrinth of Light by Gregory Byrne

Labyrinth of Light by Gregory Byrne

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.

This year we present the Labyrinth of Light on Granville Island and in Yaletown.

Secrets are continually revealed. Please stay tuned for more info in the coming days.


Dear Friends,

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.

To ensure the festival returns each year please also write to our partner Community Associations to thank them directly for their continued participation. Your voice is essential!

Sincerely,
Naomi Singer
Artistic Director, Secret Lantern Society

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Labyrinth of Light


Labyrinth of Light

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Labyrinth of Light


Labyrinth of Light

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.

TWO LOCATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM

Be sure to purchase a timed ticket at the location you want. The labyrinth takes place at Performance Works on Granville Island AND at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

Buy Timed Tickets

To ensure a space in the Labyrinth and to minimize wait times, it is strongly recommended that you purchase your TIMED TICKET online. 

Your online purchase also enrols you as a non-voting member of the Secret Lantern Society.

Click the "PURCHASE" button for the specific location of interest to make your timed ticket selections and then complete your transaction.

Please arrive at the labyrinth 15 minutes before your scheduled time slot.

ONLINE TICKET SALES

$7.00 - Children under 13 FREE. Please visit on-site box office for complimentary tickets for eligible children. Advance online ticket sales end Dec 20, midnight.  Ticket purchases are non-refundable. All sales are final.

TICKETS AT THE DOOR

$7.00 - Tickets are available at the door, from 5:30pm onwards. Cash only. Children under 13 FREE.


Performance Works on Granville Island

Labyrinth runs 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Timed tickets run each half hour starting at 6:00 PM. Last timed slot is 9:30 PM.

To assist with the Closing Ritual from 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM please speak with the Labyrinth Host. This is an all-ages event.

Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown

Labyrinth runs 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Timed tickets run each half hour starting at 6:00 PM. Last timed slot is 10:30 PM.

To assist with the Closing Ritual from 11:00 PM to midnight please speak with the Labyrinth Host. This is an all-ages event.

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Volunteer


Volunteer

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Volunteer


Volunteer

Thank you to all our Volunteers!

Opportunities abound before, during and after so please read through the list below and see where you think you'll have the most fun. Please note that a full description of tasks will be available once you are signed on for a specific neighbourhood.

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1) PRE-FESTIVAL: VOLUNTEER LANTERN-MAKING

Roundhouse Community Centre, Daily Dec 10 - 19, 12-8pm

Throughout December you can learn how to make lanterns for FREE, work with artists and help with a variety of workshop tasks - no experience necessary! Drop in anytime between the hours listed above.

Are you interested in learning how to create, decorate, and facilitate a magical labyrinth made of 700 pure beeswax candles? Then come and learn from our master labyrinth creators and become an essential part of the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival!

Labyrinth Volunteer Training (please register to volunteer)
Su | Dec 18 | 2-4pm | 94383 | Gym

2) THE DAY BEFORE THE FESTIVAL: DECEMBER 20

Please register to volunteer to help create the magic by setting up a venue in your preferred location. Tasks include hanging fabric, lanterns and lights, creating beautiful décor and generally preparing the spaces for the celebration to come!

3) FESTIVAL DAY and NIGHT: DECEMBER 21

Enjoy solstice by helping with this community celebration! Tasks include setting up lantern installations, creating one of the 2 Labyrinths, serving hot chocolate, leading a procession, or celebrating the longest night by staying late to help clean up. Please register to volunteer.

4) THE DAY AFTER THE FESTIVAL: DECEMBER 22, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Enjoy the afterglow! We would LOVE to have you come help pack away all the magical bits and pieces at any of our venues or help get them organized at Secret Headquarters (home of the Secret lantern Society). Please register to volunteer.

REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER NOW!

Click the button to register to volunteer. Be sure to fill out the form. You will be sent and email for confirmation. Click to complete the process. Be sure to check your junk mailbox just in case.

Please bring as many clean 1-litre tetra-pack juice/milk boxes as you can so you can make your own special lantern at the orientation!

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Gallery


Festival Gallery

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Gallery


Festival Gallery

 

2015 - Granville Island

All photos courtesy Bruce McPherson. Check out Bruce's Flickr profile and collections.

2015 - Granville Island

All photos courtesy Jan Gates.

2008

Video: Jeremy Williams and Naomi Singer
(Please note: This video was originally created in 2002 and the festival has evolved and changed since that time.)

Note: Secrets are continually being revealed… please check back for updates.

 
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Sponsors


Partners & Sponsors

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