Aqualumina Festival

Aqualumina Festival

Brian Sanders’ JUNK performs amid a sea of glowing aquatic creatures

May 18, 2024

ArtYard’s biennial Aqualumina Festival, a riverside lantern festival involving music, dance, and inspiring lighting along the river’s edge, returns this spring with a celebration of water itself — as a vulnerable resource, necessity, bellwether, and mirror of the sky.

Set for Saturday, May 18, 2024, the second Aqualumina Festival features a site-specific dance performance by Brian Sanders’ JUNK. Parasol jellyfish lanterns, glow-in-the-dark fish, colorful coral hats, and illuminated cardboard boat creations guided and created by community members and artists Em Rae, Nicole Strafaci, and Laura Bernstein.

The Aqualumina Festival was designed to bring the community together around the dreamy charms of a riverbank at dark. It launched in 2021 with a performance by JUNK in Ancestral Lights, an outdoor dance performance illuminating refugee narratives and kindling light in a time of darkness and displacement, culminating in a joyous communal dance featuring community members carrying illuminated paper lanterns at ArtYard’s Courtyard.

The rain date for this event is Sunday, May 19.

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