Mpls Lantern Fest

Mpls Lantern Fest
Saturday, Feb. 21, 5–8 PM
Location: Marquette Plaza on Nicollet Mall between Washington Ave. S. and 3rd St. S.

Mpls Lantern FestJoin us as we celebrate lighting the winter night in Downtown Minneapolis at the inaugural Mpls Lantern Fest!

The event will be a culmination of free workshops at various Minneapolis locations (including three at HOBT), at which participants of all ages and abilities will be able to create their own paper lanterns with the help and direction of HOBT teaching artists.

On February 21, teaching artists will mobilize giant lantern puppets inspired by constellations —including a bear, rabbit, loon, fox and crow—that will provide artistic light and lead the movement. Participants will pick up their own lanterns at Mpls Lantern Fest and follow their teaching artist during the movement of light beginning at 6 p.m. at Marquette Plaza. Participants may take their lanterns home afterwards.

Lantern festivals date back to Chinese dynasties as early as 200 BC. They have since become gathering events in Europe and across the world, where children and adults alike build their own illuminated lanterns, and come together as a community.

Mpls Lantern Fest is free and open to the public. Spectators and those who participated in workshops are encouraged to join us for the festivities, food, beverages and more (food and beverages available for purchase).

Mpls Lantern Fest is produced by the Minneapolis Downtown Council in partnership with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre.

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