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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. Wherever you wind up, we hope you feel connected to your community and to the universal spirit of celebration!

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

  • FIRE PERFORMANCES - In response to public feedback, we have moved the traditional fire performances to later in the evening. There are no fire performances at 7:00 PM; instead Granville Island and Yaletown will each host a Fire Finale at 9:30 PM.
  • GRANVILLE ISLAND - Processions follow the traditional routes beginning at 6:00 PM. Indoor activities take place in Performance Works (Labyrinth of Light) and the False Creek Community Centre from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. A procession leaves False Creek Community Centre at 9:15 PM and heads to the Fire Finale that takes place in Ron Basford Park at 9:30 PM
  • YALETOWN - The traditional processions from the Aquatic Centre or Cooper's Park have been cancelled. One procession leaves the Gathering Place (609 Helmcken St.) at 6:00 PM and heads to the Roundhouse. The Roundhouse hosts indoor activities from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM, with a small lantern procession leaving the Roundhouse on a short mystery tour from 8:00 - 8:30 PM. The Fire Finale takes place on the Roundhouse Turntable at 9:30 PM.
  • STRATHCONA - Following the traditional lantern workshop at the Strathcona Community Centre from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, the lantern procession leaves at 6:00 PM and goes to our NEW LOCATION in McLean Park for a one-hour mini-festival from 6:30 - 7:30 PM.
  • CHINATOWN - Performances, events and lantern displays take place in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden from 6:00 - 10:00pm.

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

A free family event, with some ticketed venues. Suggested donation of $5/person gratefully accepted.

 


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


Click here to learn more about the science of solstice.


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Labyrinth of Light


Labyrinth of Light

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 600 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 5:30 PM onward. 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 10:00 PM.

To assist with the Closing Ritual from 10:30 PM to midnight please speak with the Labyrinth Host. This is an all-ages event.

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Yaletown


Yaletown

Roundhouse Community Centre

The Gathering Place

Yaletown


Yaletown

Roundhouse Community Centre

The Gathering Place

Yaletown

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21, 2016

OVERVIEW

Full Roundhouse schedule and details follow this overview.

  • 6:00 PM: Procession from Gathering Place to Roundhouse
  • 6:00 - 10:00 PM: Ongoing music, performances, workshops and food in the Roundhouse
  • 6:00 - 8:00 PM: Pin-prick Lantern Workshop
  • 8:00 - 8:30 PM: Simple little lantern procession from the Roundhouse to David Lam Park and back for those who wish.
  • 9:30 PM: Fire Finale on the Roundhouse Turntable
  • 10:30 PM: Labyrinth closing ceremony, with 10:00 PM timed ticket.
Sun Wheel by Glen Andersen

Sun Wheel by Glen Andersen

PROCESSION 6:00 PM

Gathering Place Community Centre - 609 Helmcken St.
604-665-2391
The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place will host a day of celebrations with free food, live music, last-minute lantern making and other activities. At 6:00 PM there will be a short procession to Emery Barnes Park and continues directly to the Roundhouse. Please note: there is no fire performance in David Lam Park at 7:00 PM; the fire performance has been moved to the Roundhouse Turntable at 9:30 PM

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A free family event, with some ticketed venues. Suggested donation of $5/person gratefully accepted. Everyone who gives a donation or purchases a ticket to either Labyrinth of Light will receive a solstice button!

 

ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY CENTRE
181 Roundhouse Mews
www.roundhouse.ca

Once again the Roundhouse hosts a stunning array of indoor festivities, with simultaneous activities and performers throughout the venue. Attend the Opening Ceremony at 7:00 PM and get introduced to all the performers so you can make your choices about how to spend the darkest night.

SOLSTICE STAGE

Exhibition Hall

6:00 - 10:00 - Savoury snacks from Belkin House - various prices.

6:00 - 9:00 - Create a beautiful solstice head-wreath from organic materials - by donation.

THE SECRET LANTERN GARDEN 7:00 - 9:00

Performance Centre

Sit beneath the giant Tree of Life in the Secret Lantern Garden and float in an ambient world soundscape created by Breathwood with rare and beautiful instruments from around the world.

SHADOWS OF SOLSTICE 6:00 – 9:30

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Create your own shadow stories against a gorgeous shadow screen created by artist Heather Dawn Sparks and dance to accordion music by our roving players.

PIN-PRICK LANTERN WORKSHOP 6:00 - 8:00

Games Room

Pin-Prick Lantern

Pin-Prick Lantern

Lantern can be made within 30 minutes but materials are limited so please register online to reserve supplies. Come early to make your lantern and then be free to enjoy other activities before the little lantern procession at 8:00pm.

Online registration is secure and easy:

  1. Click the Activity Code to be taken to the Vancouver Recreation secure website.
  2. Add activity to your cart and checkout.

$10/lantern   |   Activity Code: 94296

LANTERN Procession 8:00 - 8:30

Globe lantern for sale, $15

Globe lantern for sale, $15

Procession leaves the Roundhouse and goes on a short mystery walk into the beauty of the darkest night before returning for on-going activities in the Roundhouse. If you were unable to attend a lantern workshop you can purchase a Globe Lantern at the front desk - $15 each.

NATURE LANTERN WORKSHOP 6:00 - 10:00

Mezzanine

Nature Lantern by Naomi Singer

Nature Lantern by Naomi Singer

Sit with your family and friends to create your own beautiful lanterns using organic materials such as pressed flowers and leaves. These lanterns can be made in about 90 minutes or less, so time your visit so you can enjoy other activities in the Roundhouse.  NOTE: These lanterns are not designed for use in the procession but are intended as keepsakes to beautify your home and remind you of your connection to the natural world. $25/lantern. Tea light provided, but you may purchase a 10-hour pure beeswax candle of the type used in our Labyrinth of Light for $10. See the front desk to purchase the beeswax candle.

Online registration is secure and easy:

  1. Click the Activity Code to be taken to the Vancouver Recreation secure website.
  2. Add activity to your cart and checkout.

$25/lantern   |   Activity Code: 94294

STORIES OF SOLSTICE 7:00 - 9:00

Dance Studio

*Follow the marionette journey of "Little Guy at Bachin's", a transformativetale of a little old man selling roses and reflecting on his life. Based on music by Astor Piazzolla and text by Horatio Ferrer, created and performed by puppeteer Wryly Andherson, with live accordion accompaniment by Salmon Avalanche.

**Participate in weaving together a communally improvised spoken word nature poem to accompany a live aerial dance performance experience with Kira Schaffer and Firebelly Performance Society.

RANDOM ROVers 6:00 - 9:30

Lori Bella and her crystal singing bowls in the Labyrinth of Light

Lori Bella and her crystal singing bowls in the Labyrinth of Light

LABYRINTH OF LIGHT 6:00 – 10:30

Take a meditative journey through the Labyrinth of Light created with over 600 pure beeswax candles, with music by Lori Bella and her crystal singing bowls.

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 5:30 PM onward. Cash only. Children under 13 FREE.

Jacky Arah Yenga dancing with Artistic Director Naomi Singer on the Solstice Stage.

Jacky Arah Yenga dancing with Artistic Director Naomi Singer on the Solstice Stage.

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Granville Island


Granville Island

False Creek Community Centre

Performance Works

Granville Island


Granville Island

False Creek Community Centre

Performance Works

In the event of monsoon, heat wave or blizzard please go to the indoor venues at 7:00 PM

Granville Island

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21, 2016

LAST-MINUTE LANTERN WORKSHOP

False Creek Community Centre - 1318 Cartwright St.
604-257-8195
www.falsecreekcc.ca

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Register on-line to guarantee a spot and your supplies or drop in and make a simple lantern to carry in one of the processions.  Your lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes but come early as space is limited. When your lantern is finished simply head East or West along the seawall to meet up with a procession and then turn around to join them on their way to the Water Park on Granville Island.

Online registration is secure and easy:

  1. Click the Activity Code to be taken to the Vancouver Recreation secure website.
  2. Add activity to your cart and checkout.

$10/lantern   |   Activity Code: 89370

PROCESSIONS 6:00 pm

See route map below.

  1. H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
  2. Granville Island Triangle Square
  3. Leg-In-Boot Square

The 3 processions converge at the Water Park on Granville Island and are greeted by the traditional torch-lit Song Of Welcome by The Vancouver Morris Men

After enjoying indoor activities in the False Creek Community Centre from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, follow the Carnival Band over to Ron Basford Park where the Urban Haidas welcome the crowd and Inspired Circus weaves their fiery magic as a flaming sun sculpture lights the darkest night.

NEW! PROCESSION TO THE FIRE FINALE 9:10 PM

Granville Island map
 

A free family event, with some ticketed venues. Suggested donation of $5/person gratefully accepted. Everyone who gives a donation or purchases a ticket to either Labyrinth of Light will receive a solstice button!

 

Sun by Nels Holm

Sun by Nels Holm

FALSE CREEK COMMUNITY CENTRE
1318 Cartwright St.
www.falsecreekcc.ca

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

After the procession, warm up inside with hot chocolate and a wonderful array of diverse music.  Enjoy the gorgeous voices and Balkan sounds of Zlatna Mountain, groove to the jazzy genius of Hot Club of Pluto or heat up solstice night with a super fun Family Dance with dance caller Paul Silveria and the Royal Coachmen. For those interested in quieter pursuits you can learn about the celestial constellations of winter solstice with community astronomer Bill Burnyeat inside the inflatable Canadian Planetarium, while being serenaded by the award-winning violin of Michael Burnyeat. If you're curious about the origins of solstice lore,  look for the lady in the top hat; that's Ritual Historian Shaughna Born who will tell you the sometimes bloody and epic stories ancient peoples told each other to explain the loss of the light. Be sure to experience the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance and Welch Border Dances by The Vancouver Morris Men, who have been an essential part of this festival for the entire 23 years!

Song of Welcome by The Vancouver Morris Men

Song of Welcome by The Vancouver Morris Men

PERFORMANCE WORKS
1218 Cartwright St.
www.performanceworks.ca

LABYRINTH OF LIGHT 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The labyrinth has long been used for meditation, prayer and sites of ritual in various cultures around the world. Created with over 600 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. Hosted by Clara Rose, with crystal bowl toning by Christine Paton.

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 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 5:30 PM onward. Cash only. Children under 13 FREE.

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Strathcona


Strathcona

Strathcona Community Centre

McLean Park

Strathcona


Strathcona

Strathcona Community Centre

McLean Park

Strathcona

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21, 2016

LAST-MINUTE LANTERN WORKSHOP

Strathcona Community Centre - 601 Keefer St.
604-713-1838

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Register on-line to guarantee a spot and reserve your supplies or drop in (first come, first served) to make a simple pin-prick lantern to carry in the procession that leaves at 6:00 PM. Lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes but come early to mingle with your neighbours .

Online registration is secure and easy:

  1. Click the button below.
  2. Select the number of lanterns and checkout.

$10/lantern

PROCESSION 6:00 pm

Strathcona Community Centre

Join a lively lantern procession from Strathcona Community Centre led by African Crossing Drum Ensemble. Proudly carry your new lanterns over to McLean Park for a warm little one-hour neighbourhood frolic from 6:30 - 7:30 PM with the ladies of Tiddley Cove Morris (traditional English workers' music and dance).

We hope to grow this event in future years so please share your inspirations with us!

Special thanks to Onkle Hoonki's Hornshop and Karen Barnaby for providing a warm space for our performers .

 
Pin-prick owl (last-minute lantern workshop)

Pin-prick owl (last-minute lantern workshop)

 
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Gallery


Festival Gallery

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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