Istvan Betyar of Fire & Flamenco wows with his fire eating and sword swallowing (photo by Minna Katarina)


The NECTAR Centre and the Lumiere Festival Board were pleased to announce the 2013 performance line-up which featured a broad variety of arts and entertainment experiences for the whole family including music, story telling, fire dancing, film and circus arts.

2013 Lumiere Evening of Light Celebration !

5:00 Lumiere Zumba Warm Up
5:30 Success Lion Dance  (Lion Dance!)
6:00  Canada China Art Association -  (Ethnic Chinese dance & traditional Chinese music)
6:30  Gillian Kirkland and co: (a puppet show with music, en français)
7:00  FIRE & FLAMENCO – Gitana Georgia & Istvan Betyar.
7:30  OCEANOGRAPHY by Whimsimole (Glowing dancers and water instruments telling a selkie tale)
8:00  Mike Essoudry’s Mash Potato Mashers (Mobile Dance Riot)
8:15  Jean-Guy Beaudry (Fire Juggling)
8:30  Maccie Paquette (Live music)
9:00 Mini Cirque/Fire Weavers (fire spinning/hooping/acrobatics) & Maccie Paquette
9:30  OCEANOGRAPHY by Whimsimole and  Gillian Kirkland, et al, “Songs from the Rubicon”

The Evening of Light featureD the work of the Windows Collective, a group of six Ottawa artists who create independent films. The presentation of cinema was a natural fit for Lumiere as film uses light to reveal its images.  The Windows Collectivesunique films were specially created for this years festival.  Their installations included bike powered projectors, projecting images onto smoke, a praxinoscope that used camera images to tell a story and much more. The collective’s use of light left our visitors spellbound!

Photographed by: Arthur Poon

Lumiere celebrated it’s 10th year anniversary  with a Labyrinth using over 1000 lights which invited guests to work their way through the maze to the birthday surprise inside!  The Festival was also proud to present visual art installations from five local visual artists, Rachelle Carrier, Luc-Anne Salm, Natalie Bourdeau- Legris, Jessica Aylsworth and Steven Artelle.  These new installations were presented along side the hundreds of other lanterns and light installations that light the park each year at the Celebration of Light.  Imagination and creativity was at its best!  We thank all who joined us for the official lighting of the candles!