By Imogen Whale, Special to the Review
After last years incredible debut, the Luna Festival is back by popular demand. Local artists with creative vision take heed; there is still time to submit an application to take part in the festival.
This year the Luna Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th, from 6pm -12am. A gallery opening and reception at the Visual Arts Center will take place on Friday the 28th.
The Luna Festival is a fantastic opportunity for local artists to take a risk and experiment with their art.
“We really encourage people to apply,” says Miriam Manley, Executive Director of the Revelstoke Arts Council. “If you have an idea up your sleeve then we want to hear from you. Part of the beauty of this festival is the artistic development that takes place throughout the entire process.”
Manley is interested in all facets of art and has a strong interest in diversity. She encourages indigenous artists (dancers and musicians included) and those from other cultural backgrounds to apply.
The Luna Festival offers Revelstokians and artists the chance to view and create unique art projects that resonate with and utilize their surroundings. Alternative media, art of large sizes and interactive pieces are all welcome.
“We want to bring a new type of art to Revelstoke,” Manley explains. “Art that is site specific, immersive, and experiential. We also want to bring new talent and exhibit it alongside local artists.”
Last year’s festival boasted a plethora of different art styles, from welded wonders and umbrellas in alleys, to francophone contemporary dance and video artists, to musicians and a party mural.
“In 2017 we were slightly panicked no one would show,” says Manley. “We thought, if we could get 500 people to show that would be good. One thousand people would be amazing.”
Manley needn’t have worried. An estimated 3,500 people attended the festival. The Luna Festival, quite literally, turned downtown Revelstoke into an artistic wonderland.
As for this year’s festival. It’s safe to say you’ll want to be there.
“We’ve had a lot of fantastic applicants so far,” Manley says. “And we are happy to have even more.”
The installations will be in place over the weekend only.
The deadline for applications for 2018’s Luna Festival is April 15th.
For additional information see http://revelstokeartgallery.ca/luna/