Join a lively lantern procession led by the drums of Russell Shumsky & Friends through the streets of Strathcona for a magical evening at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park.
***DR. SUN YAT-SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDEN***
578 Carrall St.
6:00 - 10:00pm
Celebrate the Chinese winter solstice, dong zhi, which marks the rebirth of the yang qualities of light and energy. This year the Garden comes alive as never before!
Move to the samba rhythms of Drum Syndicate, enjoy a choral performance by The Real Treble Makers and raise your spirits in the Winter Solstice Music Ceilidh featuring Toddish McWong (http://www.gunghaggis.com/blog/ToddWong) and the Black Bear Rebels & Friends.
Enjoy the beautiful heron and koi lanterns created by artist Joey Mallett (http://joeymallett.com/), the whimsical tea set lanterns of Carmen Rosen (http://carmenrosen.wordpress.com/), and the ginko and red maple tree lanterns hand-crafted by Garden volunteers. The floating installation “Heaven and Earth” by artist HyungMin Yoon (www.minyoon.info), inspired by a 6th century BC Taoist saying, poetically rearranges itself with the movement of the breeze.
Add your own dash of colour to the 3rd Annual Community Lantern hosted by the Community Arts Council or join artist Haruko Okano (http://www.harukookano.com/) and contribute to the community lantern shrine "The Lightness of Hope".
View a collection of stunning antique lanterns in the Scholar’s Study while enjoying the Pandora Benevolent Society’s “Replay Your Tea With Me” (www.pandorabenevolentsociety.org/projects/replay-your-tea-with-me/), which marries the traditional performance art of Chinese Gong Fu Tea ceremony with video processing, enhancing interpersonal connections and expanding the Sacred Space cultivated over the preparation of a cup of tea.
See magical pin-prick lanterns made by students from Sir A. Mackenzie Elementary & Brockton School.
Treat yourself! Fresh warm buns baked by Bonchaz (www.bonchaz.ca) will be available for purchase in the Hall Of One Hundred Rivers, as well as Solstice tea served hot and spicy.
Remember to pick up your own lantern and other Solstice gifts at the Garden's Eight Treasures Shop.
***DR. SUN YAT-SEN PARK***
6:00 - 10:00pm
Stroll the nighttime paths of this beautiful park and be dazzled by the lovely lantern creations of artists Yoko Tomita, Matt Pearson, Nels Holm and Jacquie Rolston and linger in the environmental jazz of Saul Berson and Paul Blaney.
A free family event. Donations gratefully accepted.