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The Longest Night: Community Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Calliope Collective invites you to participate in a spectacle of wonderment this Winter Solstice on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee in Kingston/Katarokwi!

Starting at 6:30pm, gather around the Yule fire, enjoy cider and hot chocolate, and prepare to release the darkness in order to make room for the light. As we prepare for the arrival of the Oak and Holly Kings, and for Mother Earth to begin her annual slumber, Calliope gives you the opportunity to look within and make space for the abundance that is to come through the hard work of winter.

Visit the shadows and write out what you want to release.

A traditional Indigenous fire keeper will be present to tend to a sacred fire if you wish to send out your intentions to the creator/ancestors. Please respect the sacred nature of this area: no photography permitted!

Starting at 7pm, Calliope presents a new production of flaming and frosty spectacle for your enjoyment featuring a battle of epic puppetry proportions, live drumming, fire-dancers, acro-dancers, and more!

Attend one of our paper and bamboo lantern making workshops, and bring your lanterns with you to help welcome back the warmth of the sun as the cold of Winter sets in! Info on lantern-making workshops here: www.calliopecollective.com/lantern-making-workshops

Please feel welcome to bring your drums and chairs!

Visit us online for more details on our events, workshops, and performance opportunities. www.calliopecollective.com/the-longest-night

Many thanks to The Ontario Arts Council, City of Kingston Arts Fund & Kingston Arts Council for their support.

About the Kings
The Oak and Holly Kings represent the light and the dark throughout the year. These two mighty rulers fight for supremacy as the Wheel of the Year turns each winter and summer. At the Winter Solstice, we mark the rebirth of the Sun or the Oak King. The Oak King will choose a champion to battle (and conquer) the Holly King and then reign until Midsummer (Summer Solstice). On this day the sun is “reborn” and we celebrate the renewal of the light of the year.

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December 21, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Calliope Collective


Douglas Fluhrer Park
(walk north on Wellington St, north end of park)
Kingston, Ontario Canada
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