Winter Solstice Lantern Festival workshops 2012

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Get ready for the 19th annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival 2012 next week on Friday, December 21st. The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival is an annual event that brings together Vancouverites across five neighborhoods to illuminate the darkest night of the year. Lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music, and dancing bring the Vancouver community closer together by honouring many cultural traditions and celebrating the diversity that makes Vancouver such an amazing city. More details about the event can be found on The Winter Solstice Lantern Festival website.

Come take part in this magical event by joining the glowing constellation of lanterns across Vancouver. The Secret Lantern Society has organized secret lantern making workshops so everyone can create their own unique lantern, making the experience extra special. These workshops take place at various locations/community centers. The price of each workshop includes all the basic materials to make you own beautiful lantern that you can proudly hold during the festival. Be sure to sign up for these workshops 24 hours in advance to be sure you get a spot. Plan a day to go with your family and friends to make lanterns together, making the day of the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival even more memorable. Follow the link (Secret Lantern Workshops) to see all of the information below on the website, as well as information on how to register.

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LANTERN MAKING (all locations)

Don’t be left lantern-less! Artists from the Secret Lantern Society will help you make your own beautiful lantern. New this year is the opportunity to build a lantern in the shape of your own house! All basic materials are provided and participants are encouraged to bring pressed leaves, flowers or other decorative elements. Price is per lantern. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, call the community centre or click here and enter Activity Number located beside each workshop selection (i.e. 42802.401FC):

Note: To avoid disappointment, please ensure registration is completed 24 hours in advance of workshop schedule. Workshops may be cancelled 24 hours in advance due insufficient registration.

Yaletown

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

Pin Prick Lantern
Sun Dec 16 10:00am – 11:00am
$10/lantern

Globe Lantern
Sat Dec 15 9:00am – 11:00am
$15/lantern

Star Lantern
Sat Dec 15 12:00pm – 5:00pm
$25/lantern

Create a lantern of your own design!
Sun Dec 16 12:00pm – 5:00pm
$25/large, $10/small

Last-Minute Lanterns
Fri Dec 21 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Drop in and make a simple lantern to carry in the procession that leaves @ 6:00pm. Lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes.
$10/lantern

Communal Lantern Project
Artists from the Secret Lantern Society invite you to join them in the creation of a giant lantern sculpture – the Tree of Life. This community-built lantern gets larger every year, reflecting the many people who have contributed their energy. Be part of the magic and gain experience in this hands-on, larger-than-life project taking place every day during the weeks leading up to the winter solstice.

FREE Daily Dec 10-20 (Weekdays) 1:00pm – 8:00pm (Weekends) 11:00am – 5:00pm

Granville Island

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

Globe Lantern
Sun Dec 16 9:30am – 11:30am
$15/lantern

Pin-Prick Lantern (These lanterns can be made very easily, great for kids!)
Sun Dec 16 1:00pm – 2:30pm
$10/lantern

Star Lantern
Sat Dec 15 11:00am – 3:00pm
$30/lantern

Last-Minute Lanterns
Fri Dec 21 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Drop in and make a simple lantern to carry in the procession that leaves @ 6:00pm. Lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes.
$10/lantern

S.E. False Creek

Creekside Community Centre – 1 Athletes Way
604-257-3050
www.creeksidecentre.ca

Pin-Prick Lantern (These lanterns can be made very easily, great for kids!)
Sat Dec 15 10:00am – 11:00am
Wed Dec 19 7:00pm – 8:00pm
$10/lantern

Home Lantern
Sat Dec 15 11:00am – 4:30pm
$20/lantern

Globe Lantern
Mon Dec 17 7:00pm – 9:00pm
$15/lantern

Last-Minute Lanterns
Fri Dec 21 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Drop in and make a simple lantern to carry in the procession that leaves @ 6:00pm. Lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes.
$10/lantern

Strathcona

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

Last-Minute Lanterns
Fri Dec 21 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Drop in and make a simple lantern to carry in the procession that leaves @ 6:00pm. Lantern can be made in as short as 30 minutes.
$5/lantern

Chinatown

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – 578 Carrall St.
Hall of One Hundred Rivers
604-662-3207
www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

Pin-Prick Lantern
This easy lantern can be made in 1/2 hour or you can spend more time to make it more beautiful. Drop in any time before 2:30 on the following days:
Sun Dec 16 1:00pm – 3:00pm
$10/lantern

Note: Secrets are continually being revealed… please check back for updates.

What: Winter Solstice Lantern Festival 2012 lantern making workshops

Where: Yaletown, S.E. False Creek, Strathcona, Chinatown (see above for exact locations, times, and prices: or follow link here)

When: Various days and time (see above) leading up to the actual event next Friday December 21st.

Check out The Secret Lantern Society website for more information.

 

Image Credit: Secret Lantern Society, http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolbrowne/2130663680/, Vandiary.com

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