Still Moon Arts Society is proud to celebrate the 20th annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival! This year we are marking two decades of community art, sustainability, and paying tribute to the lost stream systems of Still Creek with the theme of Resurfacing. We surface stories, traditions, and memories from the past 19 years while emerging with new ways of thinking and doing. Join us in forging ahead into a future where humans and more-than-humans live in collective harmony.
Co-produced with Renfrew Park Community Association, the Moon Festival is a series of free public events that celebrates the full moon, harvest abundance, and diverse cultural traditions. The signature events: Harvest Fair, Lost Streams Parade, and Streamside Lantern Installation features live music, dance, shadow puppets, eco-arts, workshops, youth performances, community veggie competitions, and more! For the special 20th Moon Festival we introduce two new immersive, interdisciplinary performances: Consciousness of Streams and Treesong.
The Coastal Wolf Pack lead the start of the Lost Streams Parade, 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Sep. 2021 / Participants create jar lanterns, 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Sep. 2021 / Lucy Lambert performs at theHarvest Fair, 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Sep. 2021 / Moon Fest Volunteers, 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Sep. 2021 / Moon Lantern + Coastal Wolf Pack in Lost Streams Parade, 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Sep. 2021 / Heron puppet, 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Sep. 2021 | All photos by Alger Ji-Liang
Poster design by Clara Johnson
Harvest Fair + Lost Streams Parade
Saturday September 10th – 4:00PM – 9:00PM | Slocan Park + Collingwood Park
The Harvest Fair marks the beginning of the Moon Festival. This all ages event takes place at Slocan Park where attendees enjoy diverse music by local artists, attend eco-arts workshops, play games, interact with community booths and enjoy a bowl of Harvest Soup. It also features the popular Harvest Fair vegetable competition, celebrating the neighborhood’s best homegrown produce.
At twilight, a lantern parade led by Indigneous group, the Coastal Wolfpack, with mystical characters will lead you along the routes of Lost Streams to Collingwood Park. The night concludes with this year’s feature: Consciousness of Streams. An intergenerational dance, stilt and acrobatic performance choreographed by Isabelle Kiruoac, set to an original music score.
The Harvest Fair marks the beginning of the Moon Festival. Attendees enjoy diverse music by local artists, attend eco-arts workshops, play games, interact with community booths and enjoy a bowl of Harvest Soup. It also features the popular Harvest Fair vegetable competition, celebrating the neighborhood’s best homegrown produce.
Stage Line Up:
Healthy Friendly: 4:10 – 4:40 PM
Calpulli Cemanahuac Aztec Dance Group: 4:40 – 5:10 PM
Shorties 5:10 – 5:30 PM
Tonye Aganaba: 5:30 – 6:20 PM
Andrew Kim Band: 6:20 – 7:05 PM
Closing Remarks and Quantum Care Experience 7:05-7:20 PM
Consciousness of Streams (20th Anniversary Feature): 7:20 – 7:35 PM
To learn more about the Moon Festival Artists visit the Artist’s section in the menu.
What Else to Expect:
Harvest Workshops: Participate in an eco-arts workshop. You can learn more Here!
Vegetable Competition: It’s not always about the biggest – how about the weirdest, most adorable, silly looking, sassy, or tall vegetable? If you have a vegetable garden, think of what special vegetable you’d like to enter in this year’s Vegetable Competition!
Community Booths: Chat with local nonprofits and businesses! You can expect: Artists Helping Artists, Vancouver Fruit Tree Project, Red Fox, Collingwood Neighborhood House Food Security, United Warriors and more!
Food and Drink: Enjoy a bowl of Harvest Soup made by your local neighborhood house. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available and food trucks may be on site!
Future Visioning: Check our Still Moon’s Youth Committee’s feature project, visioning Still Creek in 20 years.
As the sun sets we will walk the path of the lost streams in the Lost Streams Parade. Remember to bring your lanterns!
Event Date: September 10th, 2022
Event Time: 4 PM – Sunset
Event Location: Slocan Park
Ages: All Ages
Accessibility: Chairs and gender universal washrooms are available on-site. The event location is partially paved and partially grassed; wheelchairs should be able to access both areas unless extensive rainfall occurs.
Transportation: Slocan Park is a one minute walk from 29th Avenue Skytrain Station and bus loop. Bus numbers #16, 29, 33 take you to 29th Avenue Station. We recommend walking, taking the bus, riding your bike, or carpooling when possible. Event location can be found using Google Maps.
Streamside Lantern Installation
Saturday September 17th – Sunset – 9:30PM
The Streamside Lantern Installation is the magical heart of the Moon Festival. This evening spectacle welcomes guests to walk through a beautifully transformed Renfrew Community Park, filled with giant lanterns and illuminated art accompanied by enchanting live music and set against a magnificent backdrop of towering trees.
As part of the 20th anniversary feature, “Still Suite” created by Brad Muirhead and performed by “Treesong”, will be showcased at this year’s Streamside Lantern Installation. Hand-carved wooden horns will sonify the space while illuminated dancers move in and amongst the forested space.
Streamside Lantern Installation
The Streamside Lantern Installation is the magical heart of the Moon Festival. This evening spectacle welcomes guests to walk through a beautifully transformed Renfrew Community Park, filled with giant lanterns and illuminated art — accompanied by enchanting live music and set against a magnificent backdrop of towering trees.
What Else to Expect:
- 50+ community and professional artists
- 20th Anniversary Feature: Still Suite by Treesong – more details can be found Here
- Heilongjiang “Dragon River” Shadow Puppets by Karen Wong
- Prayers for the Water: Write a prayer for the water on wood tag, and attach it to a long ribbon of other community water wishes
- Tea Ceremony: Enjoy a traditional chinese tea ceremony led by Lam Wong
- Tea Garden and Music: Enjoy tasty and savory treats, and a cup of chai
Event Date: September 17th, 2022
Event Time: Sunset (7:20 PM) – 9:30 PM
Event Location: Renfrew Community Park
Washrooms on Site
There is a wheelchair accessible dirt path; use of washrooms requires stairs unless assisted by a volunteer.
There are three entry points into the Streamside Installation. Please see the sitemap for details.
Entry 1 – is down a set of stairs on the westside of the Renfrew Community Centre.
Entry 2 – is through the Renfrew Community Park field and is wheelchair accessible – you can access it from Nootka St at E 20th Ave.
Entry 3 – is from the parking lot on Renfrew St at E 21st Ave, there is a set of stairs.
We recommend walking, taking the bus (route #16 and #25 will take you 1 minute to entrance points), riding your bike, or carpooling when possible. Parking is limited. Event location can be found using Google Maps.
This event takes place on the unceded territories of xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Musicians perform at the 2017 Streamside Lantern Installations, photo by Jenn Lin / Artists set up ‘Nestled in the Garden’ installation – 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Sep. 2021, photo by Alger Ji-Liang / Moon Lantern, photo by Carmen Rosen / Canoe Lantern by Robbie Smith, Clara Chisholm and Community Members – 18th Annual Renfrew Moon Festival, Sep. 2020, photo by Maria-José Araujo / Participants meet Darren the Heron by Fruin Pow – 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Sep. 2021, photo by Alger Ji-Liang / Faces of Ted Tweety lanterns by Carmen Rosen – 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Sep. 2021, photo by Alger Ji-Liang / Musicians perform ‘Treesong’ by Brad Muirhead – 19th Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, Sep. 2021, photo by Alger Ji-Liang
About Still Moon Art Society
Moon Festival is run by Still Moon Arts Society, a non-profit registered charity founded in 2004 whose mission is to inspire vibrant and connected communities by creating artistic experiences and nurturing a passion for nature. Still Moon achieves their mission through their year-round eco-arts and environmental stewardship programming, majorly serving equity-denied communities, and founding festival, the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. Learn more about Still Moon Arts Society Here.