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The Longest Night
December 21, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Calliope Collective invites you to participate in a spectacle of wonderment this Winter Solstice!
Enjoy a magical evening of theatre, dance, large-scale puppetry, and fire performances during a community celebration of winter which honours earth-based traditions. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider, while gathering around a fire with family, friends, and neighbours to discover what is possible during the coldest months of the year, when we embrace the warmth of the sun’s return!
We gather on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee in Kingston/Katarokwi at Douglas Fluhrer Park (rain location TBA) to invite you to enjoy the magic and warmth of Winter during the longest night of the year; to think of your own relationship to the land; to consider releasing what is no longer serving you; and to make room for the abundance to come.
The characters in The Longest Night are inspired by many different mythologies, and customs which honour earth-based traditions. The Oak and Holly Kings represent the light and the darkness throughout the year. These two mighty rulers fight for supremacy as the Wheel of the Year turns each season. At the Winter Solstice, we mark the rebirth of the Sun or the Oak King. The Oak King battles and conquers the Holly King and then reigns until Midsummer (Summer Solstice). Hazel and Mother Earth speak to our connection with the land, while Khione encourages us to revisit our relationship with the cold and frost of winter – to look deep within to see what is possible.
Many thanks to our community, The Ontario Arts Council, City of Kingston Arts Fund & Kingston Arts Council for making this event possible.