Go Ottawa! Lumière

Let Your Light Shine

Welcome to August and a summer celebration that will have your whole family aglow

This month, New Edinburgh’s Stanley Park is set to shine for the annual Lumière Festival. You don’t want to miss it. Presented by the Crichton Cultural Community Centre (CCCC), this beloved family affair allows all ages to get involved and have fun.

Activities range from lantern-making workshops to a 24-hour photo marathon to summer camp. The festivities all lead to the magical Evening of Light Celebration August 18, which features a parade of lanterns, a light show, live theatre, performances and music.

Make a lantern

From August 1 through 17, there are family-friendly workshops that allow you to make a lantern of your choosing, designed by Rachelle Carrier. The workshops take place at New Edinburgh House, 255 MacKay Street, and at the Field House in Stanley Park.
Participants are encouraged to bring their lanterns to the Evening of Light Celebration August 18 in Stanley Park.  Jar lanterns cost $10 to make, silhouette lanterns are $15 and star bamboo lanterns are $20.

Take a photo

Photographers are invited to test their creative skills in the 2012 24-hour Lumière Photo Marathon, which starts Saturday, August 4 at noon and ends Sunday, August 5 at noon. Participants all receive a card with ten different themes and have 24 hours to make a photograph representing each of the themes. Top images will be displayed at Stanley Park’s Field House the following Lumière weekend.

Send the kids to camp

There’s also a Lumière Festival Summer Camp for kids aged 10 to 13. It’s on the schedule for August 13 to 17.

Wear a costume

Youngsters are encouraged to wear costumes to the Evening of Light Celebration. Some dress as fairies, with their wings bobbing behind them as they carry their glowing lanterns in the shimmering parade. There’s even an on-site Transformation Tent to help wee participants add a little sparkle for the evening.

See the magic

Starting at 5 p.m. August 18, the Evening of Light Celebration is a free family event that’s full of light and merriment. Ottawa Art Gallery will have its art tent on-site and other creative contributors in the lineup include Artelle Puppets, A Company of Fools, Fire Weavers, Georgia Pettit (Fire Tango), Giant Seagulls (of Surreal McCoy Street Theatre Company), Gillian Kirkland,  Propeller Dance and Sanitas Playback Theatre.

For details, visit www.lumiereottawa.com.

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