The community was invited to celebrate the Winter Solstice in a luminescent lantern-lit procession through Toronto’s historic Kensington Market. The parade included theatrical scenarios, a myriad of performers, giant puppets and the fiery finale at Alexandra Park (Bathurst and Dundas). It started at 7:00 pm at the intersection of Oxford and Augusta (just south of College)!
In collaboration with local community members and performers including host Rosina Kazi of LAL, the Samba Squad, Shadowland Youth Theatre, Native Men’s Residence, Richard Underhill & the Kensington Horns, Maracatu Mar Aberto, Spirit Wind and Eagle Women Singerz, Hand Drummer Isaiah Cada, A-Rhythmics, the Solsticks, alumni from the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Jenni-Lea & Circle Sing, New Model Circus Army, and many, many more, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts organized the 25th annual hand-made street celebration to beckon the return of the sun.
HISTORY: Red Peppers’ annual Kensington Festival of Lights was created in 1988 by Ida Carnevali and formally entrusted to Red Pepper directors Andy Moro and Gabriella Caruso in 1997 following several years’ apprenticeship. Community members and volunteer artists share creative workspace and non-traditional rooftop and storefront performance venues in a huge multi-cultural outdoor celebration of culture and imagery on the longest night of the year. The event has grown from a few hundred participants in the late nineties to over 10,000.