We’re just one week away from the opening of the re-envisioned Lumière Festival, illuminating the city from November 17 to November 27. The 2022 festival features an expanded footprint across Downtown Vancouver shining a light on local artists to brighten the dark city nights. This year’s festival theme, Dream the Future, weaves the elements of light, art and storytelling together to redefine winter as a season of inspiration and connection.
Follow Lumière through Downtown Vancouver, West End, Yaletown and Gastown, and discover 55+ artists and performers, illuminated Dream beacons, pop-up performances, workshops and demonstrations, as well as neighborhood parades throughout the course of the festival. Each night, at a new location, festival Dreamers will come together and celebrate with light, music, art and dance; no two nights will be the same during this free family-friendly celebration.
Kicking off the Lumière Festival is an open-air spectacle at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square (formerly: Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza) on the evening of Thursday, November 17, 2022, and wrapping up in iconic Morton Park on November 26, 2022, is another outdoor stage showcasing artists, light and performances.
“We are thrilled to be launching Lumière with a new outlook this year and to be bringing the community and artists together after some time away. Art should be enjoyed by all and it is our mission to engage and interact with the new generation of artists and those already in our midst. It’s been a passion of mine throughout my career to bring people together without barriers to enjoy performance and art in new ways and new spaces and I am thrilled to be able to re-envision this wonderful event,” says this year’s new Creative Director, Julie-anne Saroyan.
Featured artists include two-time Western Canadian Music Award winning soul, jazz and R&B singer Krystle Dos Santos, explosive, high-energy dance band Queer As Funk and Vancouver event band Trilojay. Visual artists include Zachery Cameron Longboy, Lee Rosenbaum, and Jed Mangahis. Dancers from Harbour Dance, Mozaico Flamenco and many more of Vancouver’s best will be Dreaming along with us at Lumière.
“From a little passion project bringing light, art and community engagement to downtown Vancouver during the dark winter days, I am heartened to see how Lumière, with the continued support of our sponsors and funders, has grown and evolved into an expanded art festival over the years. The 2022 edition of Lumière is taking on a new direction with an imaginative and innovative artistic vision and inspiration. It is my hope that this renewed artistic energy will bring optimism, possibilities and beauty to our community – Let’s Dream the Future together,” says Lumière Board Chair, Shelley Hayashi.
The free-to-enjoy Lumière Festival is supported by partners, including the West End BIA, Downtown BIA, Yaletown BIA, Gastown BIA, The Bentall Centre, Colliers – Arthur Erickson Place, Oxford Properties, as well as cultural partners, including the Roundhouse Community Centre and West End Community Centre.