Have you heard of the Renfrew Ravine? If not, you are not alone. Running along Atlin Street from 29th to 22nd Avenue, it is one of the only remaining ravines in Vancouver. Called a “jewel in the city” this relatively unknown part of Our City is home to the annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival.
This year’s Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, the 8th annual, will take place on Saturday, September 25th.
The Festival will begin with a Harvest Fair from 4-7pm at Slocan Park near the 29th Avenue Skytrain station, featuring live music, food, and a home-grown vegetable competition. At 7 pm, the Twilight Lantern Parade will wind its way along the Renfrew Ravine, and end at Renfrew Park, where there will be festivities, fire spinning, stilt-dancing music, a tea garden and a spectacular fireworks finale.
“One of my favourite experiences at the Moon Festival is wandering by the stream at Renfrew Park amongst beautiful lanterns and listening to the families talking and exclaiming to each other in many languages, and we are all there together at night participating as a community,” says Carmen Rosen, Artistic Director of the Festival.
The Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is Still Moon Art Society’s signature annual event and is co-produced with the Renfrew Park Community Association. It takes place each autumn at the full moon closest to the Equinox, the time of the Asian mid-autumn celebration and the European Harvest Fair. The festival is preceded by workshops to build lanterns, and learn stilt walking, shadow puppetry, choreography, costume design and fire spinning. Local youth are also mentored by professional musicians to learn original music.
Renfrew Raving Moon Festival
25 September 2010
Slocan Park & Renfrew Park
Visit http://www.stillmoon.org for more information.