BY JUNE LAM
The annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is back for the 16th year on Saturday, September 22, 2018!
A free event packed full of family fun, live music and art, the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival has something for everyone. Each year, the festival attracts upwards of 5,000 participants from local East Vancouver neighbourhoods to enjoy displays of colour, light and music that pay homage to one of the last vestiges of urban forest in the city.
Co-produced by Still Moon Arts Society and the Renfrew Park Community Association, the festival celebrates the harvest abundance and the full moon.
The festival spans the afternoon and evening, going from a harvest celebration during the day to a lantern festival at night. As dusk gathers, a procession will form along the banks of the ravine, featuring lighted lanterns beautifully hand crafted by local artists, community members and students.
MOON FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Harvest Fair: 4–7 pm
The Moon Festival kicks off with the Harvest Fair, a home-grown harvest competition featuring entries by local gardeners of some of Renfrew-Collingwood’s best fruits, vegetables and flowers. Enter for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Alongside the presentations will be live music and food. You can also explore the booths of local organizations, artisans and non-profit groups from the community.
Twilight Lantern Walk: 7–7:30 pm
Slocan Park to Renfrew Park
The Twilight Lantern Walk is a sunset parade from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park. Festival-goers will light their own lanterns and walk the trails along the ravine, serenaded by live music as darkness falls. Passing by the river-stone labyrinth, you will be invited to join in a walking meditation surrounded by music and light. The parade will pass by art installations and maybe even surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park.
Lantern Festival: 7:30–8:45 pm
At nightfall, time slows down as you take in the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns, ethereal music and the shimmering stream. Just outside of the stream, you will find musicians playing at the main stage, a Tea Garden full of delicious treats for you to enjoy and a final spectacle featuring dancing, stilting, fire spinning and fireworks.
PRE-FESTIVAL LANTERN WORKSHOPS
Take part in public lantern-making workshops prior to the festival. For a small fee, you can come out to the Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex (on Vanness Avenue between Boundary and Ormidale) or Slocan Park Fieldhouse (at Slocan and East 29th Avenue) to make a lantern to bring along to the twilight walk!
Sept. 10, 11: Salmon Lanterns (4–7 pm) at Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex
Sept. 12, 13: Bird Lanterns (4–7 pm) at Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex
Sept. 8, 15: Bird-Themed Community Art Installation (1–4 pm) at Slocan Park Fieldhouse
Cost: By donation
Sept. 17, 18: Globe Lanterns (4–7 pm) at Slocan Park Fieldhouse
Sept. 19, 20: Glass Jar Lanterns (4–7 pm) at Slocan Park Fieldhouse
Reserve your spot by calling 604-435-0323 or paying in person at Collingwood Neighbourhood House front desk.
Sept. 7 at 10:30 am–12:30 pm (Chinese)
Sept. 11 at 5:30–7:30 pm (English)
Where: Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex
Cost: Pay-What-You-Can, suggested donation $20
Moon Music (5–7 pm)
Sept. 10: Renfrew Park Community Centre
Sept. 14: Collingwood Neighbourhood House Annex
Sept. 17: Slocan Park
For more information, visit stillmoon.org or Facebook @stillmoonarts.
June Lam is a long-time resident of Renfrew-Collingwood and the communications coordinator for Still Moon Arts Society.
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