Produced by the Secret Lantern Society
Artistic Director Naomi Singer
One festival, many neighbourhoods
The dance of the sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit, expressed through art and music, throughout the ages. Honouring many cultural traditions, the annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the longest night of the year with lanterns, fire, singing, drumming, music, and dancing.
On December 21st come celebrate the return of the sun with a glowing constellation of lanterns shining in many Vancouver neighbourhoods. These little festivals are community-based and reflect the unique nature of each neighbourhood. Intimate and accessible, each invites participation and each holds special attractions.
Wherever you wind up, we hope you feel connected to your community and to the universal spirit of celebration!
Click here to learn more about the science of solstice.
A free family event. Donations gratefully accepted.
Note: Secrets are continually being revealedů please check back for updates.
Experience the Labyrinth of Light
The labyrinth has long been used for meditation, prayer and sites of ritual in various cultures around the world. Created with over 700 pure beeswax candles, the winter solstice labyrinth invites you to warm yourself in a self-guided ceremony intended to help release old attachments and envision new possibilities as the darkest night of the year births a new season.
A message from the Artistic Director
If you love this festival, please write and tell us what the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival means to you. Your letters are more important than you know - not only do they touch our spirit, they are included in every grant we write to illustrate how deeply art touches the lives of so many.
Without funding this festival (and so much more) could not take place. While government funding and our festival partners play a key role in bringing the experience of art and music from diverse cultures to you, many more resources are needed. Ensure the festival returns each year by making a donation at the event.
Artistic Director, Secret Lantern Society