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Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival September 17th & Lantern Workshops

22 Aug


The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival returns Saturday, September 17, 2016. If you are unfamiliar with this event, the 1st annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival took place in 2003 and was created by artist Carmen Rosen in collaboration with the community. This event celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance while honouring diverse cultural traditions. The moon festival will highlight art, music and environmental stewardship. The event gets under way with the Harvest Fair at 4:00 pm which will feature a number of booths from local organizations, artisans, and non-profit groups. There will also be live music, a selection of hot food and their infamous Harvest Fair competition.

At 7:00 pm, the Twilight Lantern Walk begins with a parade of lanterns from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park which is led by a giant moon lantern. You are invited to bring your own lantern and walk the trails along the ravine accompanied by live music as night falls. Passing by the river-stone labyrinth, the procession will be invited to a walking meditation surrounded by music and light. The parade then passes by other lantern installations and surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park at nightfall, for more live music, food and of course, the moon.

Leading up to the big event on September 17th, there will be a number of events including workshops for making lanterns. There are three types of lanterns being made, including globe lanterns, salmon lanterns and glass jar lanterns. There is a small cost for making GlassJarLanternsBenRosen-Purcelleach lantern which varies between $10 and $25 depending on which lantern you choose to make. All workshops will be held at the Slocan Park Field House at 2750 E. 29th Avenue which is located next to the 29th Avenue Skytrain Station. We have set out the dates of the workshops below:


September 6th: Globe Lanterns
September 7th: Globe lanterns
September 8th: Salmon Lanterns
September 9th: Salmon Lanterns
September 12th: Globe Lanterns
September 13th: Globe Lanterns
September 14th: Glass Jar Lanterns
September 15th: Glass Jar Lanterns

 For more details, visit  Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival or their Facebook page. This is a great community event that is fun for all ages along with great photo opportunities.

Photo Credit:Glass Jar Lanterns by Ben Rosen-Purcell

Illuminares Open Studio Workshops Coming to Trout Lake Community Centre

8 Jul


The Public Dreams Society will be presenting their Illuminares Lantern Festival and Procession on July 20th. This marks their 25th anniversary and to honour that they will be celebrating their theme “25 Light Years”.   Illuminares has been described as an iconic part of the cultural landscape in Vancouver and has been named ‘Best East Vancouver Festival’ by the Vancouver Courier newspaper. The Lantern Festival has something for all ages and is not an event to be missed.

Public Dreams Society will be conducting Open Studio Workshops at Trout Lake Community Centre starting this Saturday, July 13th, 2014. A Public Dreams artist will lead you through the steps to create various styles of lanterns which will include everything from a simple glass jar design to more complicated designs with bamboo and paper. Cost per lantern is $5.00 for small, $10.00 for medium and $15.00 for a large lantern.  Once you’ve paid for your lantern, you are welcome to come in as many times as you’d like to  work on your illuminated creation. Workshops will be held in the Ice Rink Lobby on the following dates and times:

Saturday, July 13th Noon – 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 14th Noon – 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 15th 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 16, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 17th 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 18th 5:00 p..m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 19th 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Illuminares Lantern Festival kicks off at Trout Lake in John Hendry Park with festivities beginning at 6:00 p.m. and the procession beginning at dusk. The event goes until about 10:30 p.m. This event draws over 20,000 each year and is sure to be a magical experience.

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