GLOWING STARS HAND IN DARKENED TREES; A HYPNOTIC DRUM BEAT LEADS A ROCESSION OF DANCING FIGURES HOLDING FIERY TORCHES; STILT WALKERS STALK THROUGH THOUSANDS OF COSTUMED REVELERS, TOGETHER ANIMATING A WORLD OF THEIR OWN CREATION ……
Illuminares started as an intimate community get-together and has grown into one of the most beloved and well attended festivals in Vancouver. Paula Jardine, Leslie Fiddler and Dolly Hopkins were the architects of the first Illuminares at Trout Lake Park in 1989, moved by a desire to be active in creating a neighborhood that they wanted to live in. Lanterns proved to be an effective medium for the festival as they were simple and inexpensive to make and yet visually stunning. These glowing artworks found their ideal setting in Trout Lake, with its meandering paths and hidden nooks and crannies, encouraging wanderers to take individual journeys through the magical landscape.
The festival grew quickly to become a major gathering of artists, musicians and performers with eclectic backgrounds. This simple concept attracted the boundless creativity of professional and amateur creators alike, with a space for every idea to come to fruition. Such diverse creative energy, set on a framework of myth and ritual, is the key to Illuminares’ popularity. Our human needs to step outside the mundane world, to lose ourselves in rhythm and wonder, and, most importantly, to have the chance to be the author of our own transformative experience, are all addressed at this celebration.
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, now at a new location along the Coal Harbour seawall and outside Canada Place.
To lead the lantern procession this year, Public Dreams dreamt big with the creation of 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!
Animated by community participants, the Heron will arrive on the shores of Coal Harbour at Coal 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!
July 30th, 2011 6:00pm – 10:00pm.
The PURPOSE of Public Dreams
At its core, Public Dreams creates opportunities for people to experience the joy of artistic expression, to see themselves as creative beings, to turn passive consumption into active participation, and to experience belonging as an individual within a community.
The VISION of Public Dreams
To nurture the magical heart and creative whimsy of each community by unleashing audacious artistic expressions.
The MISSION of Public Dreams
Public Dreams creates playful hand-built secular rituals and celebrations, facilitated by professional artists, through collaboration and daring dialogue with communities, artists, sponsors and funders.
The MANDATE of Public Dreams
Public Dreams promotes participation in the arts through collaborative site-specific accessible public art programming and rituals that invigorate neighbourhoods.
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