A unique participatory event for Calgarians to honour their deceased ancestors & loved ones. Artists, musicians, poets, & historians install temporary shrines and artworks in Union Cemetery with a focus on creating a sacred, non-denominational space where the public can pay respects to the dead in meaningful & creative ways. The event builds on very common and widespread cultural traditions and customs. In many cultures around the world this is an important opportunity for honouring the dead in our lives, through ceremony and celebration..
The autumnal Equinox is a time of change, the death of summer, and the beginning of a season of reflection, introspection, and renewal; an appropriate time to remember our dead, and reflect on our own mortality.
Visual Artists 2013
Jenna Swift “Everything that dies returns to paper…”
Sharon Stevens (concept) Shiori Saito (installation)
In memoriam of Kenny Doren, Alberta media artist who died on September 22, 2012; The Equinox Vigil last year.
For the Love of All at Once, Take Me Now
Directors: Danielle McCulloch & Kenneth Doren Choreography: Danielle McCulloch Dancer: Danielle McCulloch Music: Kenneth Doren Video & editing: Kenneth Doren © 1998
Performers (The Union Choir)
Kris Demeanor – poet
Harry Sanders – historian
Art Production (all visual artists)
Vicki Van Chau
“When I heard about the idea, long before it happened, I knew it was a special and important project. It totally surpassed even my big expectations, so many people and all the details carefully planned made it safe and welcoming, a place for collective healing and love”.