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Overview


25th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Friday December 21, 2018

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Overview


25th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival

Friday December 21, 2018

One festival, many neighbourhoods

The 25th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival
Friday December 21, 2018

 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 two 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 - Both Granville Island and Yaletown will each host a Fire Finale at approximately 9:30 PM.

  • GRANVILLE ISLAND

    • PROCESSIONS:

      • 1) The processions from Leg-In-Boot Square and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre begin at 6:00 PM

      • 2) Granville Island procession musters at 6:00pm in Triangle Square with the Carnival Band and leaves at 6:20 PM .

      • 3) Following indoor activities, the final procession leaves False Creek Community Centre at 9:15 PM and heads to the Fire Finale in Ron Basford Park at 9:30 PM.

    • INDOORS:

      • Activities take place in both Performance Works (Labyrinth of Light) and the False Creek Community Centre from 6:00 - 10:00 PM.

    • NEW: OCEAN ART WORKS:

      • Dec. 20 and 21 (12 :00 - 6:00 PM) - Watch Secret Lantern Artist Yoko Tomita create a 25th Anniversary Sun Lantern to lead the procession on solstice night.

      • Dec. 21 (12:00 - 6:00 PM) - Free Lantern Workshop. Turn a glass jar into your own unique lantern for the procession leaving from Triangle Square at 6:00 PM.

  • YALETOWN

    • PROCESSIONS:

      • 1) A procession leaves The Gathering Place (609 Helmcken St.) at 6:00 PM and heads to the Roundhouse.

      • 2) Following a last-minute lantern-making workshop at the Roundhouse (6:00 - 8:00 PM) , a family lantern procession heads into David Lam Park (8:00 - 8:30 PM).

    • INDOORS:

      • The Roundhouse hosts indoor activities from 6:00 - 10:00 PM. The Fire Finale takes place on the Roundhouse Turntable at 9:30 PM.

  • CHINATOWN - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is not participating in our festival in 2018.

  • STRATHCONA - We plan to return to this wonderful neighbourhood in 2019, but no events are taking place here this year.

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

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

 VOLUNTEERS:

Volunteers especially needed for all four Solstice sites on Granville Island (False Creek Community Centre, Performance Works, Ocean Art Works and Ron Basford Park). Help with last-minute lantern making and other workshops (some outdoors), decorating and venue set-up, our labyrinth, outdoor fire procession, or as an Entrance Guardian, concession volunteer, and MORE. Register now


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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