The Lumière Festival Returns

The Lumière Festival is an annual public celebration where light, art, music and dance enliven the city. The festival features small to large-scale illuminated artworks, light-based projections, dynamic performances and interactive workshops in 10+ locations across downtown Vancouver, including West End, Yaletown and Gastown. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, Lumière aims to bring a free, accessible and uplifting public festival to Vancouver from November 2-6, 2023.

The Wishing Tree

From November 2-6, the Gateway to Gastown (Water St x W. Cordova St) will transform into the “Wishing Tree” in partnership with the BC Parks Foundation.

The Wishing Tree is the centerpiece of the “Wish for Nature” campaign. Drawing on the global tradition of offering hopes and wishes to a tree, the artist aimed to create a cross-cultural, artful experience that fosters a deeper connection with nature. Visitors will have the opportunity to make healing wishes for nature, the world, and each other. The goal is to build an interactive experience with light, sound and colour to create a sense of awe and wonder.

It’s a simple as:

1. Find the tree at the Gateway to Gastown.

2. Make your wish for nature into the mic and watch the tree’s vibrant lights respond, creating a symphony of colors and enchanting effects.

3. For each wish you make, donors will give $10 to help create new parks and protected areas in BC for you to enjoy forever.

Make your wish for nature here.

The Projector Bike​

A battery-powered, mobile projector bike will be making Gastown its focus as it travels along the streets and sidewalks, projecting moving graphic images to brighten up the neighbourhood.

The Trolley

The Lumière Festival is also running a free trolley to get you from installation to installation. The trolley stop will be located outside of the Steamclock in Gastown and will be departing every 30-35 min starting at 5:30pm.

View the full trolley route and schedule here.