Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New Website

This blog chronicles the first five years of the 
Firelight Lantern Festival in Picton, Ontario, Canada. 
We now have a new website, so check there for updates!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fire and Ice Light up the Night

Photo: Ramesh Pooran
Into every life a little rain must fall... and so it was that our 5th annual Firelight Lantern Festival parade was cancelled due to weather. However, the rain didn't dampen the spirits of the 600+ people who turned up at Picton's Crystal Palace ready for a party!

Photo: Jennie Suddick
Photo: Ramesh Pooran
Photo: Ramesh Pooran

Photo: Ramesh Pooran
Photo: Ramesh Pooran

This year we commissioned artists Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping (Spark Box Studio) and Jennie Suddick (Crazy Dames) to create a maze of 6 interactive installation spaces connecting to our "fire and ice" theme.


Photo: Jennie Suddick

Photo: Jennie Suddick


Photo: Kyle Topping
Afro-Brazilian percussion group Maracatu Mar Aberto brought the heat with their music, and the dance floor was on fire!

Photo: Ramesh Pooran
Photo: Ramesh Pooran
Photo: Ramesh Pooran
Artists Krista Dalby and Nell Casson contributed an installation called The Fire of Conspicuous Consumption.

Photo: Ramesh Pooran
Artist Don Maynard had a beautiful video installation in the Bluebird Building, called Swimmers.


swimmers picton doc from Don Maynard on Vimeo.


Back by popular demand was our shadow puppetry play, The Monster of Lake on the Mountain.

Photo: Tammy Bryant
Huge thanks goes out to all 370 people who made lanterns with us this year, our 50+ volunteers, and our generous sponsors: The Ontario Arts Council, The Royal Hotel, The Vic Cafe, Yeeboo Digital, Magpie, Gilbert & Lighthall and The County of Prince Edward.

Photo: Ramesh Pooran
If you would like to get involved in the 2018 festival as an artist, volunteer, or sponsor, get in touch with Krista at krista@smallpondarts.ca

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday November 10, 2018!


Photo: Jennie Suddick

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The parade is cancelled - but the party's still on!

Photo: Ramesh Pooran
Rain and lantern parades just don’t mix… so we’ve cancelled our parade down Main Street. But we still have a full evening of magic and wonder that we’ve created especially for you, so grab your lantern (wrapped in a plastic bag, maybe?) and join us at the Crystal Palace! We’ll be waiting to welcome you at 7 PM. (PS – if you are one of our many volunteers, please check your email!)