Mark your calendars – Still Moon Arts Society is excited to announce that the 15th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival will take place on September 30th!
The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is a signature festival that celebrates the full moon and harvest abundance, while honouring diverse cultural traditions. The festival will highlight art, music, environmental stewardship, and community participation.
This year’s theme, Migrations, allows attendees to reflect on the global movements that occur every day, from the smallest of salmon fry to the largest of humans. Birds journey across land and sea to discover new places and build their nests; salmon and fish swim across vast oceans to spawn new life and continue the survival of their species and others; humans flow within and across boundaries to pursue new opportunities, reunite with loved ones, or find safety. With the current issues in our world, these systems of movement have played a significant role in people’s identity and relationships. As you yourself move through the festival and experience the installations of this year’s event, we invite you to discover your own stories and how you relate to this year's theme.
MOON FESTIVAL SCHEDULE:
Harvest Fair: 4:00-6:45 pm
The event gets under way with the Harvest Fair, which will feature live music, food, and a number of booths from local organizations, artisans, and non-profit groups. In addition, if you think you have what it takes to win the "tubbiest tomato" or the "wackiest carrot" award, don't hesitate to enter the Harvest Fair! The Harvest Fair is a home-grown harvest competition, which features some of Renfrew-Collingwood’s best fruits, vegetables and flowers. Enter for a chance to win some awesome prizes!
Twilight Lantern Walk: 6:45 pm
The Twilight Lantern Walk begins with a moonlit parade from Slocan Park to Renfrew Park. Festival goers may light their own lanterns and walk the trails along the ravine, accompanied by live music as darkness falls. Passing by the river-stone labyrinth, the procession will be invited to a walking meditation surrounded by music and light. The parade then passes by various art installations and surprise performances until it reaches Renfrew Park.
Lantern Festival: 7:15-8:30pm
At nightfall, time slows down as participants absorb the beauty of candlelight, exquisite lanterns, ethereal music, and the gently shimmering stream. Just outside of the stream, you’ll find musicians playing at the main stage, a Tea Garden full of delicious treats for you to enjoy, and a finale spectacle, featuring dancing, stilting, fire spinning and fireworks.
Leading up to the big day, we will be hosting multiple lantern workshops throughout the month. Don’t have a lantern for the parade? For a small cost, varying between $10-$25, come out to Slocan Hall (2750 E. 29th Ave.) to make one:
Sept 16: Advanced Lanterns (12-4pm) - no instructor present
Sept 18, 19, 20: Bamboo Lanterns (4-7pm)
Sept 21, 22: Globe Lanterns (4-7pm)
Sept 23: Advanced Lanterns (12-4pm) - no instructor present
Sept 25, 26: Globe Lanterns (4-7pm)
Sept 27, 28: Glass Jar Lanterns (4-7pm)
For more information regarding accessibility and other frequently asked questions, please visit: http://stillmoon.org/moon-festival/about/