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Artistic Direction | LunarFest 2018 Year of the Dog

American author Alice Walker said, “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” In a world driven and judged by performance statistics and pre-determined results, we seem to lose sights of other things that are equally as important. When our eyes and brains are trained to like the flashy façade, we seem to lose the ability to hear the stories within. In the current climate where people are so openly opinionated, are we still able to see the beauty in this imperfect world? 

LunarFest returns to celebrate Year of the Dog.  Dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty.  Known as humankind’s best friend, they are friendly, faithful, straightforward, venerable and have a strong sense of responsibility; all of the traits that perhaps we need desperately today. While Lunar New Year is one of the most important Asian traditions, LunarFest is inspired to cultivate a celebration that helps everyone to re-discover the beauty in the imperfect us.Designed to be a festival that celebrates one of the oldest traditions for many Asian cultures – Lunar New Year – LunarFest aims to collaborate with many Asian communities and outreaches to other Canadians. Since the inception, LunarFest is also built on an important artistic element for many cultures – the lanterns. Through collaborations with professional artists and school children in Canada and around the world, LunarFest has already presented Lantern Forest for 2009-2010, Lantern Aquarium for 2011-2012, Lantern Jungle in 2013, Lantern Palaces in 2014, World’s Little Shepherds in 2015, Monkey King and His Friends in 2016, and the Rooster Winter Games in 2017.


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