Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Celebrate the Winter Solstice 2016

The shortest day of the solar year means that the "warmth and light in the heart of Kensington Market" will return as the long winter nights pass in slightly less than the blink of an eye. Ignite the longest, darkest night on Wednesday, December 21 as Red Pepper Spectacle Arts presents the 27th annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice parade and non-profit, hand made and commercial free festival.
The day will begin with lantern sales ($12 each) at Stephen's Community House from 5 to 6:30pm and everyone is welcome to bring or buy a lantern when they march in the parade.

Lantern and the bright flames of fire breathers will illuminate the happy crowd in the vibrant neighbourhood as the crowd gathers in the streets at Oxford and Augusta after 6pm. Bands, giant puppets and paper mache horses will take part in the parade which will leave the market at 7pm heading towards Alexandra Park near Bathurst and Dundas. In 2015 the bonfire was created from a giant paper mache hand, this year they used a big snake in a circle, eating itself, which is a ouroboros.

"See theatrical scenarios, a myriad of performers and giant puppets, and the fiery finale at Alexandra Park just behind Scadding Court. It all starts at 6:30PM on December 21st at Oxford and Augusta (just south of College)! In collaboration with local community members and performers including host Rosina Kazi of LAL, Samba Squad, Shadowland Youth Theatre, Native Men’s Residence, Richard Underhill & the Kensington Horns, Maracatu Mar Aberto, Kazoo Clowns, Spiritwind, Eagle Woman Singers, Hand Drummer Isaiah Cada, A-Rhythmics, Befana Hag Choir, The Solsticks, Jenni-Lea & Circle Sing, New Model Circus Army, and many more."
The hand-made lanterns available for purchase

See more photos of the 2016 celebrations after the jump.

Filling the streets at Oxford and Augusta
Breathing fire
The centerpiece of the nights fiery celebrations at Alexandra Park

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