img_ln01The Lumière Festival, presented each year by the New Edinburgh Community & Arts Centre and the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, is held every year within the month of August.

Through lantern-making workshops and community outreach initiatives, Lumière encourages people to come together and share their own creations and view the creations of others in a celebration of light and community.

The Lumière Evening of Light Celebration will enthrall you whether on your own, with friends or with family; a teen or a senior. From the lanterns on display, to the labyrinth, to the performers and music – all illuminated by only lantern and lamplight, Lumière will hold you in its spell. Come re-discover the night and the magic of light!

Young children are eager to be part of the magic, fairy wings bumping behind them as they proudly carry their very own lanterns. Costumes are encouraged! 

To learn more about the Festival, please watch our video

Photographed by: Arthur Poon


Since the first Lantern Festival held in Strathcona Park in 2003, scores of people have worked to create the magic of Lumière.

The dedicated staff, past and present, of the Festival, the New Edinburgh Community & Arts Centre (formerly the CCCC), staff at the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, and the many volunteers and hundreds of artists and performers have toiled countless hours. Special acknowledgement goes to the festival founder Joanne Hughes for her vision and long dedication to the Lumière Festival and to Maureen Shea, Scott Florence as past Artistic Directors, as well as Manon Doran; also past Artistic Director and Creative Artist for her energy and commitment to the development of a community-based Festival. The Lumière Festival team is grateful to be able to draw from the past and build upon this foundation in presenting this year’s Festival.