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Overview


22nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Monday December 21, 2015

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22nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Monday December 21, 2015

One festival, many neighbourhoods

The 22nd Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
Monday December 21, 2015

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 6:00pm with lantern processions in each neighbourhood followed by multicultural performances and activities in a variety of indoor venues. These include: Yaletown (Roundhouse Community Centre, the Gathering Place), Granville Island (False Creek Community Centre, Performance Works) and Chinatown/Strathcona (Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Strathcona Community Centre).

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. 

Make your timed ticket selection and click the "Purchase" button to be taken to the Picatic secure site to complete your transaction. All sales are final.

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

ONLINE TICKET SALES

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

TICKETS AT THE DOOR

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


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Chinatown


Strathcona/Chinatown

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Strathcona Community Centre

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Chinatown


Strathcona/Chinatown

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Strathcona Community Centre

in the event of torrential rain, heat wave or blizzard please go to the indoor venues at 7:00pm

Strathcona

MONDAY DECEMBER 21, 2015

LAST MINUTE LANTERN WORKSHOP

Strathcona Community Centre - 601 Keefer St.
604-713-1838
www.strathconacc.com

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Register on-line to guarantee a spot and your supplies or drop in (first come, first served) to make a simple lantern to carry in the procession that leaves at 6:00pm. Lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes but come early as supplies may run out . Free hot chocolate! 

Select the number of lanterns you wish to make and click the "Purchase" button to be taken to the secure Picatic site to complete your transaction. All sales are final.
$10.50/lantern (includes credit card processing fee)

SOLD OUT online. Drop in (15-20 lanterns available), first come, first served. Check out other last-minute lantern workshops at Roundhouse and on Granville Island.

PROCESSION 6:00pm

Strathcona Community Centre

Join a lively lantern procession led by the drums of African Crossing Drum Ensemble through the streets of Strathcona for a magical evening at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. See route map below.

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Pin-prick owl (last-minute lantern workshop)

Pin-prick owl (last-minute lantern workshop)

 

Chinatown

DR. SUN YAT-SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN
578 Carrall St.
www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

6:00PM - 10:00PM

General $10   |   Couple $15   |   Family $20 (2 adults + 2 children 17 and under)   |   Garden Members $6

Start the Chinese winter solstice celebration, dong zhi, by participating in a lantern-making workshop at the Strathcona Community Centre, and join in the procession through the streets of Strathcona from 6:00pm - 6:20pm. Then follow the drums of African Crossing Drum Ensemble to a dream-like evening at the Garden, where Secret Lantern Society artists have created a unique and delightful environment of beauty and warmth to celebrate the longest night of the year.

Enjoy hundreds of whimsical lanterns throughout the Garden and immerse yourself in The Conference Of The Birds where beautiful bird lanterns have come to roost. Participate in nature-inspired shadow puppetry with the Lost and Found Puppet Company or add your own dash of creativity to the Community Lantern hosted by the Community Arts Council.

Berson-Blaney Duo in the Garden

Berson-Blaney Duo in the Garden

Create your own beautiful Solstice Headdress using organic materials such as leaves and dried flowers or release a lovely Lotus Lantern into the pond and let it carry your illuminated wishes into the night ($5/activity).

 

Treat yourself to tea and participate in a tea ceremony with Adrian Sinclair & Lars Nielsen while listening to featured performers including the wild drums of African Crossing Drum Ensemble, the powerful First Nations songs and drums of Audrey Siegl (Musqueam) and Victor Thompson (Haida), atmospheric jazz of the Berson-Blaney Duo, the lively Balkan traditions of Zeellia, and the traditional Persian music of the Ali Razmi Duo.

Lantern artists include Joey MallettYoko TomitaJacquie RolstonNaomi Singer and Secret Lantern Society volunteers!

www.cacv.ca

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Granville Island


Granville Island

False Creek Community Centre

Performance Works

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Granville Island


Granville Island

False Creek Community Centre

Performance Works

in the event of torrential rain, heat wave or blizzard please go to the indoor venues at 7:00pm

Granville Island

MONDAY DECEMBER 21, 2015

LAST-MINUTE LANTERN WORKSHOP

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

4:00PM - 6:30PM

Register on-line to guarantee a spot and your supplies or drop in and make a simple lantern to carry in the procession that gathers behind the Centre at 6:30pm. Lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes but come early as space is limited.

$10/lantern   |   Activity Code: 35922

PROCESSIONS 6:00pm

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

The 3 processions converge on Granville Island and are greeted by the traditional torch-lit Song Of Welcome by The Vancouver Morris Men. See route map below.

The Carnival Band and the Rhythm Spirit Drummers join forces to lead everyone over to Ron Basford Park where Inspired Circus weaves their fiery magic atop the hill as a giant fire sculpture of the rising sun lights the darkest night.

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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!

 

Sun by Nels Holm

Sun by Nels Holm

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

7:30pm - 9:30pm

After the procession and outdoor performances, warm up inside with hot chocolate and music.  Connect with Nature and create your own Solstice Headdress from organic materials in the Workshop for just $5. Groove to the jazzy genius of Hot Club of Pluto or heat up solstice with a super fun Family Dance with dance caller and the Royal Chieftans. For those interested in quieter pursuits you can learn about the celestial facts of winter solstice with Community Astronomer Bill Burnyeat in the amazing inflatable Canadian Planetarium, while being serenaded by the award-winning violin of Michael Burnyeat. And 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. Experience the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance and Welch Border Dances by The Vancouver Morris Men, who have been part of this festival for the entire 22 years! Stay a bit later and enjoy even more community dancing with Starchild and The Mystics.

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 6:00pm - 10:00pm

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. Hosted by Sam Adler, 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. 

Make your timed ticket selection and click the "Purchase" button to be taken to the Picatic secure site to complete your transaction. All sales are final.

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

ONLINE TICKET SALES

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

TICKETS AT THE DOOR

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

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Yaletown


Yaletown

Roundhouse Community Centre

The Gathering Place

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Yaletown


Yaletown

Roundhouse Community Centre

The Gathering Place

In the event of torrential rain, heat wave or blizzard please go to the indoor venue at 7:00pm

Yaletown

MONDAY DECEMBER 21, 2015

LAST MINUTE LANTERN WORKSHOP

Roundhouse Community Centre - 181 Roundhouse Mews
604-713-1800
www.roundhouse.ca

4:00pm - 6:30pm

Register on-line to guarantee a spot and your supplies or drop in to make a simple lantern to carry in the procession that gathers in David Lam Park at 6:30pm. Lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes but come early as supplies may run out .

$10/lantern   |   Activity Code: 33895

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 6:00pm there will be a short procession to Emery Barnes Park to join the big procession to David Lam Park and the Roundhouse.

PROCESSIONS 6:00PM

Cooper’s Park
Emery Barnes Park
Vancouver Aquatic Centre

These three lantern processions each start at 6:00pm and move along the seawall or through historic Yaletown to converge in David Lam Park by 6:35pm. Led by the drums of Tege Fo Collective and the samba drums of Bloco Energia, the processions are welcomed to the park with a spectacular fire performance by Radiant Heat.   See route map below.

Artistic Director Naomi Singer dancing with Jacky Essombe at the Roundhouse Community Centre

Artistic Director Naomi Singer dancing with Jacky Essombe at the Roundhouse Community Centre

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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

7:00PM - 10:00PM (LABYRINTH OF LIGHT GOES TO 11:00)

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

Gorgeous lanterns created by artists Joey MallettNaomi SingerGlen Andersen, and community members are displayed throughout the Roundhouse. Check out the amazing Lanterna Magica created by Ari Lazer in the Exhibition Hall.

Sun Wheel by Glen Andersen

Sun Wheel by Glen Andersen

SOLSTICE STAGE (Exhibition Hall)

  • 7:00 - Opening Ceremony hosted by Ari Lazer Master of Ceremonies. Introduction to all performers & events
  • 7:30 - One Arrow First Nations drums & dance
  • 8:20 - Roma Gry Gypsy Music and Dance
  • 9:15 - Orkestar Slivovica Balkan Brass Band

THE SECRET LANTERN GARDEN 7:30 – 10:00

For those seeking quieter pursuits you can sit beneath the giant Tree of Life in the Secret Lantern Garden and enjoy a meditative sound journey created by Naad with rare and beautiful instruments from all over the world.

SOLSTICE PLAY ROOM 6:30 – 9:30

Participate in an on-going artwork throughout the night and create your own shadow stories against a gorgeous hand-painted silk cathedral created by artist Carmen Rosen, or make your own solstice head-wreath from organic materials - $5.00.

DANCE STUDIO 7:30 –9:30

Roundhouse Community Dancers have been working with choreographer Julie Lebelle for almost three years and have developed a multi-layered shadowy magical performance especially for winter solstice.

OUTDOORS 6:30 –9:30

Traditional English music and dances by the Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers.

ROVING 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 – 11:00

Take a meditative journey through the Labyrinth of Light created with over 600 pure beeswax candles by artist Gregory Byrne, 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. 

Make your timed ticket selection and click the "Purchase" button to be taken to the Picatic secure site to complete your transaction. All sales are final.

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

ONLINE TICKET SALES

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

TICKETS AT THE DOOR

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

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Performance Schedules


Performance Schedules

Chinatown

Granville Island

Yaletown

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Performance Schedules

Chinatown

Granville Island

Yaletown

Chinatown

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Outdoors

6:00 PM   |   Procession

  • Strathcona Community Centre to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden led by African Crossing Drum Ensemble

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

6:00 – 9:00 PM   |   JADE WATER PAVILION

  • Come play with nature-themed shadow puppets with the Lost & Found Puppet Co.

6:00 – 9:30 PM   |   SCHOLAR’S STUDY

  • Make your own solstice headdress with organic materials
  • Gong Fu Cha Tea Ceremony

6:00 – 9:30 PM   |   Ting Mountain  

  • Audrey Siegl (Musqueam) and Victor Thompson (Haida) – Drum & Song

6:00 – 10:00 PM   |   CHINA MAPLE HALL

  • Community Lantern – help create this festive lantern with the Community Arts Council
  • Hot Spicy Tea service

6:30 – 8:30 PM   |   SCHOLARS COURTYARD

  • The Conference of the Birds - Bird lanterns
  • Berson - Blaney Duo - Jazz

6:30 - 9:55 PM   |   HALL OF 100 RIVERS

  • 6:30 - 7:15 -- Zeellia - Balkan music
  • 7:25 - 8:10 -- Ali Razmi Duo - Persian music
  • 8:20 - 9:00 -- Zeellia - Balkan music
  • 9:10 - 9:55 -- Ali Razmi Duo - Persian music

6:45 – 8:45 PM   |   Southern CourtyarD

  • African Crossing Drum Ensemble

LANTERN ARTISTS

Joey Mallett, Yoko Tomita, Naomi Singer, Jacquie Rolston, Secret Lantern Society

Granville Island

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Outdoors

6:00 PM   |  Processions

  • Granville Island Triangle Square – Carnival Band
  • Leg-in-Boot-Square - Rhythm Spirit Drummers #1
  • H.R. MacMillan Space Centre – Rhythm Spirit Drummers #2

6:30 pm   |   Processions converge in Playground/Water Park

  • Morris Men Song of Welcome - torches

6:45 pm   |   Procession to Ron Basford Park

  • Carnival Band & Rhythm Spirit lead procession

7:00 – 7:30pm   |   Fire Performance and Fire Sculpture

  • Inspired Circus

False Creek Community Centre

4:00 - 9:30 PM   |   GYM

  • 4:00 – 6:00 -– Last-Minute Lantern Workshop
  • 6:30 – 9:30 -– All ages Headdress Making with organic materials

7:30 - 9:30 PM   |   GAMES ROOM

  • 7:30 – 8:15 -– Hot Club of Pluto - jazz
  • 8:15 – 8:45 -– Ritual Historian Shaughna Born - Dark Tales of Solstice Past
  • 8:45 – 9:30 -- Hot Club of Pluto - jazz

7:30 - 9:30 PM   |   TYEE HALL

  • The Canadian Planetarium: Bill Burnyeat, Community Astronomer, Michael Burnyeat, violin

7:30 - 10:00 PM   |   LIND HALL

  • 7:30 – 8:00 -- Vancouver Morris Men - traditional English music and dance
  • 8:00 – 9:00 -- Community Dance with Paul Silveria and The Royal Coachmen
  • 9:00 – 9:15 –- Vancouver Morris Men – Bromley Horn Dance
  • 9:20 – 10:00 –- Starchild and The Mystics – more dancing!

Performance Works

6:00 – 10:00 pm   |   Labyrinth of Light

  • ChristinePaton - crystal singing bowls

Yaletown

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Outdoors

6:35 - 6:55 PM   |   DAVID LAM PARK

  • Radiant Heat - fire performance
  • Tege Fo Collective - community drums
  • Bloco Energia - samba drums

6:30 - 9:30 PM   |   OUTDOORS

  • Tiddley Cove Morris Dancers - English folk dance

Roundhouse Community Centre

6:00 - 9:30 PM   |   ROVING

  • Katheryn Petersen - accordion
  • Isabelle Kirouac - stilts

6:00 - 11:00 PM   |   LABYRINTH OF LIGHT

  • Gregory Byrne - host
  • Lori Bella - crystal singing bowls

6:30 - 9:30 PM   |   SOLSTICE PLAY ROOM

  • Make your own solstice head-wreath!
  • Dance your shadow on a silk cathedral!

7:00 - 9:15 PM   |   SOLSTICE STAGE

In the Exhibition Hall

  • 7:00 -- Orkestar Slivovica - Balkan brass band welcoming music
  • 7:05 -- Opening Ceremony with Ari Lazer - Master of Ceremonies

Introduction to all performers & events

  • 7:30 -- One Arrow - First Nations drums & dance
  • 8:20 -- Roma Gry - Gypsy Music and Dance
  • 9:15 -- Orkestar Slivovica - Balkan Brass Band

7:30 - 9:30 PM   |   DANCE STUDIO

  •  Roundhouse Community Dancers - shadow dancing

7:30 - 10:00 PM   |   THE SECRET LANTERN GARDEN

  • Tree of Life and Woodland Lanterns
  • Naad

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Volunteer


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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
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 below to volunteer:

Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews @ Pacific Boulevard
Daily Dec 8 - 20
Weekdays 1:00pm - 8:00pm
Weekends 11:00am - 4:30pm

2) THE DAY BEFORE THE FESTIVAL: DECEMBER 20

Please register with our Volunteer Coordinator Arlene Viccto 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 with our Volunteer Coordinator Arlene Viccto.

4) THE DAY AFTER THE FESTIVAL: DECEMBER 22

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 be sure to register with our Volunteer Coordinator Arlene Viccto so she can give you the secret password!

REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER NOW!

Click the button to register to volunteer with Arlene Viccto, Volunteer Coordinator. 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.

Volunteer Orientation Sessions

  • December 8:  Roundhouse Community Centre, Room B,  5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • December 10:  False Creek Community,  6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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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Festival Gallery

 

Video: Jeremy Williams and Naomi Singer
(Please note: This video was 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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