Join us for a little taste of Arts in the Dark this summer on the Chicago Riverwalk! Part of 2nd Tuesdays on the Riverwalk, LUMA8 is partnering with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to present the Arts in the Dark Lantern Processions.
We will be honoring the Chinese Fine Arts Society with the August 14th event. The theme will be “Chinese Valentine’s Day – the QiXi Festival”
Every year, the QiXi Festival celebrates one of China’s most romantic myths. Forbidden lovers, the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl were separated by a large river. But their tears eventually moved the heavens and, once a year, on the seventh night of the seventh lunar month, a flock of magpies forms a bridge so the two lovers can reunite.
Bring your homemade bird lanterns to help reunite the lovers, traditional red Chinese lanterns or other romance-themed lights and join our parade.
The processions will begin at 8:30pm on the south side of the Riverwalk at the jetty between Franklin and Wells and will travel east just past Columbus and the Island Party Hut.
The Chinese Fine Arts Society is hosting a FREE family-friendly lantern-making workshop earlier on the same day to help you prepare for participation:
Aug 14, 4:30 – 6PM
TO PARTICIPATE in the procession, please click here for an application:
For more information contact Allison@luma8.org
TO VIEW THE PROCESSION – There is a great viewing area called the “River Theater” on the south side of the Riverwalk between LaSalle and Clark Street. You may also watch from any area along the way, including one of the many fun restaurants or bars.
IF YOU PLAN TO WATCH FROM THIS AREA, BE SURE TO BE ON TIME AS IT IS VERY CLOSE TO THE START OF THE PARADE.
All participants will be invited to join the Lantern Contingent in the 2018 Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 20th!
Thanks to all of our sponsors and partners! The Chicago Loop Alliance ,Millennium Garages , Choose Chicago , Park Grill – Chicago Harris Theater for Music and Dance , Blue Plate Chicago. The Chicago Free For All Fund, The Chicago Riverwalk and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.