Illuminares Lantern Festival Vancouver 2011

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Illuminares Lantern Festival 2011, now in its 22nd year, is a series of glowing handmade lantern processions, creative workshops, performances and fantastical happenings. All of the elements combine to celebrate community cooperation, creative expression and revelry. It’s one of the most beloved and well-attended festivals in Vancouver, and this year once again it is at a new location along the Coal Harbour seawall and outside Canada Place.

To lead the lantern procession this year, Public Dreams dreams have created a 30-foot illuminated heron puppet. Inspired by the work of French puppeteers Royal De Luxe and their Giant Little Girl puppet, the giant bird has been built with a cross-sector team of Vancouver’s best puppeteers, designers and engineers. Now Public Dreams is looking to the community to bring this magnificent creature to life!

In a 2-part puppeting workshop, participants will learn the agile and cooperative craft of maneuvering this giant light-weight bird. Participation is by donation and will include the opportunity to perform the heron at the festival.

Animated by community participants, the Heron will arrive on the shores of Coal Harbour at Harbour Green Park on July 30th at 5pm to lead the first of the evening’s processions – of humanity following nature. The procession will make its way to Canada Place where the entire promenade will be transformed, illuminated and filled with interactive art and performances!

From July 20th to July 30th, members of the community can also take part in Lantern Making Workshops or be a part of the Theatrical Flash Mob and work with a professional theatrical director, choreographer and costume designer to create an interactive performance to present on the evening of Illuminares (July 30th). A full list of workshop dates, times and locations can be found on their Facebook Page.

What: Vancouver Lantern Festival at Canada Place
Where: Canada Place and along the seawall, Vancouver
When: July 30, 2011
Time: 5pm t0 10pm
Cost: A $5 donation is recommended

Image: Public Dreams

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