LUNA festival returns to Revelstoke with new music offering

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The Bicycle Arch by Trent Kappler featured about a dozen bikes welded together and adorned with lighting. When you turned the pedal, the whole machine moved. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Contributed by LUNA Nocturnal Art & Wonder

The weekend of September 27 to 29 marks the third year of LUNA; the highly successful art festival in Revelstoke, BC. Developed by a small group of creatives and executed with the help of hundreds of volunteers, Luna redefines a city known for outdoor adventure into a cultural destination. Bookending this year’s main event, LUNA NOCTURNAL ART & WONDER, is expanded programming of LUNA SOUND and LUNA STUDIO.

Aislin Buchanan & Cathy English created LUNA Web, a whimsical spider web made from colourful string. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

LUNA is a weekend-long celebration of art and energy that takes place in downtown Revelstoke each fall. This year the festival kicks off on Friday, September 27 with LUNA SOUND; a ticketed event featuring a sonic mash-up of eclectic styles. The award-winning LUNA NOCTURNAL ART & WONDER follows on Saturday night, showcasing over 30 contemporary art installations in a free and inclusive atmosphere. Sunday, September 29 features LUNA STUDIO, which will focus on the artistic process that includes artist talks and workshops.

Cris Derksen is a two-spirit Juno Award–nominated Canadian Indigenous cellist from Northern Alberta. Her set combined her unique musical direction with traditional Indigenous music. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Friday, September 27, 6 p.m.–midnight: LUNA SOUND reimagines the century-old historic Regent Hotel with three live musical stages, an immersive and artistic chillout room, bar, and LUNA themed appies. LUNA prides itself on experiencing the unexpected, and LUNA SOUND is no exception. Seven bands are featured from a variety of genres including blues, soul, hip hop, electro, and indie rock. This ticketed, 19+ event features musicians that push the boundaries of their respective genres against the backdrop of LUNA’s magical artistry. “We searched for the most original sounds and exciting new talent to bring to our LUNA audience for LUNA SOUND. A $25 ticket offers an unparalleled experience from seven phenomenal bands. It is without a doubt, the hottest ticket in town…”– Miriam Manley, RAC Executive Director. Tickets now on sale: https://artsrevelstoke.tickit.ca/events/6884-luna-sound

Sarah J. Spurr’s The Space Between was tucked away in the Chubby Funsters courtyard. The kinetic sculpture featured a moving raven soaring above a wildfire made of paper mache Indian paintbrush flowers. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Saturday, September 28, 6 p.m.–midnight: LUNA NOCTURNAL ART AND WONDER, features site-specific, interactive art projects on the cutting-edge of contemporary art. This free and inclusive event celebrates artistic mastery in an unconventional form, transforming the downtown into a curated space of new and immersive artworks by local and visiting professional artists. A mix of performance, sculpture, and mixed media projects engage and educate visitors, presenting critical and relevant artworks of a high artistic standard within a fun and open atmosphere. Rob Buchanan, LUNA Creative Director and contributing artist, continues to be amazed and encouraged by the positive community support for the festival: “LUNA welcomes an eclectic mix of humans of all ages and with all sorts of talents. The festival really highlights the positivity of community and collaboration to bring the energy and spirit of the festival to life”.

The LUNA VOX by Claire Sieber and Nicola McGarry, with help from JM LaFlamme was an interactive piece that captured the expression of the audience. A small photo booth in the alley behind the Roxy Theatre recorded participants’ action on video, then projected them into the audience in the theatre. The commentary focused on the world’s state of environmental decline and ways to move towards a better path. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.: LUNA STUDIO engages visitors interested in a deeper understanding of the concept and process of the artmaking experience, providing the visitor the opportunity to meet some of LUNA’s most notable artists. This day features selected artist talks, workshops and live demonstrations at various locations downtown and at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.

The Bicycle Arch by Trent Kappler featured about a dozen bikes welded together and adorned with lighting. When you turned the pedal, the whole machine moved.
Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

“Art festivals celebrate diversity, promote inclusion, and improve the quality of life for those who participate in the festival. To be involved in an arts festival as an artist, volunteer, or visitor, is a truly enriching experience. LUNA brings our community together, rooting itself within the social and cultural life of Revelstoke. This festival enhances our image and identity, defining our city as a unique destination.” -Victoria Strange, Luna Event Director.

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