Illuminares_Poster_2009_smallI’ve been helping out at the Public Dreams office this past week with some special installations for the 20th Annual Illuminares Lantern Festival at Trout Lake and John Hendry Park. I am super excited to say that I also made my first lantern to carry around! Most years I volunteer with the festival so I carry one of the Roving Donation Volunteer lanterns which are premade and relatively basic (but cool nonetheless). Well this year I’m doing all my volunteering pre-festival so that I can attend with my boyfriend. I am very excited to take him to the festival because they don’t have stuff like this in Manchester, England!

You know what I also miss out on while volunteering? Taking photos. I have no photos from Illuminares… and I intend to rectify that! So keep an eye out for me with my lantern if you’re attending:


Don’t miss out on the festival. Check out their Facebook Event and their website for more details!

As dusk falls over Trout Lake at John Hendry Park in East Vancouver, families and friends come together from far and wide to witness an extraordinary celebration of light.

On this night, the Illuminares Lantern Procession fills the air with music, and thousands of paper lanterns come alive with fire. A brilliant spectacle of weaving serpents, birds in flight, planets in orbit, schools of fish, and all sorts of glowing and shimmering creatures of the imagination.

Processional bands playing world and folk music encourage spectators on the sidelines to join in the journey through the park. Along the way, audiences pass brightly illuminated displays and engaging circus performances of juggling, dancing, clowning, and so much more.

The Illuminares Lantern Procession includes an amazing show of art, music, dance, fire sculptures, and torch choreography. Come and enjoy!