A night of lights

Artists gear up at Kamloops Makerspace to make their lanterns for the upcoming Lumière festival

Monday, Nov. 2 kicked off the first of three workshops to be held at Kamloops Makerspace for light installations and sculptures. The workshop was an opportunity for local artists to gather and talk about their projects for the upcoming parade.

This workshop detailed the dos and don’ts for lighting up the lanterns or sculptures, and gave a brief tutorial on LED lights and electroluminescent wires. The city has not permitted the use of candles in the lanterns, so the techs at the Makerspace are here to help artists illuminate their projects in other ways. They help the artists consider things like light exposure before starting their project. Whether you are a newbie or an old pro, they can help you get the assistance and support you need to make the best possible lantern.

They are encouraging everyone who wishes to participate in the parade to come out on Monday night, although this workshop is geared more towards adults. The workshops are a great way to get ideas for your piece, connect with other artists, get feedback on your ideas, and is a wonderful space in which to work and create. They are also encouraging anyone with creative techniques that can be used for light sculptures to come out and help to inspire other members of the community. All of these workshops are to take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. with free admission.

A workshop will also be put on the next two Tuesdays leading up to the event on Nov. 17 and 24 at the Crossing Bridges Outreach Centre at Kamloops Immigrant Services. These will be kid-friendly workshops going on from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. with limited space and supplies. Their goal is to teach participants how to create their very own lantern and how to carry it in the upcoming parade. The admission for these events is free.

There will be more kid-friendly workshops on Thursday nights Nov. 12, 19 and 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. These will be put on by two local Kamloops artists at the Lansdowne Village. Kits for the lantern-making will be available for $5 to $10 per person. A free option will also be available but there are limited supplies. Admission for the workshops will be free.

The Lumière Lantern parade or “Lights in the Night” is being put on by the Kamloops Art Council, and is sponsored by the Downtown Business Association. The festival will take place on Nov. 26 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Lansdowne Village. Partakers and their lanterns will walk to Stuart Wood Elementary School where there will be entertainment and tons of awesome prizes. There is a $100 cash prize for the lantern that comes in first place. A prize for the best lantern created by a student at the Thompson Rivers University will also be given out. The evening will conclude at St. Andrews on the Square, where members of the community will gather to light the Christmas tree. The event will start up this holiday season with tons of festivities and holiday cheer in the city centre.