Moon Festival Lantern Celebration

Date & Time: September 22, 2018 (5:00pm - 8:00pm)

Category: Saanich Community Events (See all events in this category)

Experience the magic of Moon Festival Lantern Celebration at Gordon Head Recreation Centre and Lambrick Park! Moon Festival is a free, family friendly event that welcomes people of all ages and cultures to share in an uplifting creative cultural celebration.

The evening features live traditional Asian dance and musical performances by community groups; lantern making for children and a sampling of mooncakes and traditional green teas. The event culminates with outdoor lantern installations, an illuminated community lantern procession through the park followed by an outdoor musical performance.
 
SCHEDULE:
  • 5:00-7:00pm ~ Lantern-making workshops: (Materials & light included - $4 fee per lantern)
  • 5:30-7:15pm ~ Musical performances & mooncakes and tea sampling
  • Dusk (approx. 7:25pm) ~ Illuminated community lantern procession and lantern viewing
  • 7:45pm ~ Illuminated finale performance
  • 8:00pm ~ event ends
Marking the “Harvest Moon” is a cultural practice celebrated by many Asian cultures around the world. Moon Festival Lantern Celebration fosters understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity by sharing Asian cultural traditions in music, arts, dance and performance, as well as offering hands-on opportunities for everyone to participate.
Dress up, bring your own creative lantern (battery-lit) or make one in our lantern making station! ($4/lantern). Food trucks will be on site.
Brought to you by Saanich Parks and Recreation in partnership with Lambrick Park Secondary School, School District 61.

Performance Schedule

5:00-5:15   Chinese Choir
5:15-5:30   Sanpaguita Dancers
5:30-5:45   Victoria Chinese Seniors Assoc
5:45-6:00   Furusato Dancers
6:05-6:20   Victoria Chinese Dance Academy
6:20-6:35   Victoria Chinese Performing Arts
6:35-6:50   Korean Performing Arts
6:50-7:05   Sunshine Dancers
7:05-7:20   Peking Opera

COMMUNITY LANTERN CONTEST
As part of Moon Festival Lantern Celebration we will be offering three (3) prizes of $50 to lanterns created by individuals or community groups and brought to the event!  Lanterns should be hand-made, battery-lit and showcase your creativity. They should be portable enough for you to carry with ease to and from the site, and in the community lantern procession around the park at twilight or to stay with you in the field of lanterns while the procession is underway. There is no assistance provided with transportation or setup. Parking is limited so you may wish to come early or create a lantern easy to carry from your parking spot. You are also invited to dress up and illuminate yourself as well!  Lantern judging will be done on the night of the event. If you wish to be considered for a prize you will need to provide necessary contact information to the judges. Prize winners will be contacted following the event. Your lantern and all materials must be removed at the end of the night.  For more information, please contact Brenda Weatherston at brenda.weatherston@saanich.ca or 250 475-5557.
 
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Sponsorship and Community Supporters:
Interested in supporting our event with sponsorship or in-kind contributions? Contact us at 250 475-5502
 
VOLUNTEER!
Volunteers help make Moon Festival a reality! Interested in helping as a volunteer? Visit the volunteer information page for more details on how to sign up.

 

In the event of poor weather we reccomend you bring boots and dress appropriately.  The layout of the lantern display may be impacted by poor weather.  Continue to check the Saanich Parks & Recreation Facebook page for more updates as it gets closer to the festival date.