By COLLETTE CAPRARA FOR THE FREE LANCE–STAR
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts invites all to experience a fantastic journey through cultures and captivating illuminated creations during its 2022 Winter Lantern Festival and Lunar New Year celebration, the perfect offering for quiet times. after Hollidays.
Exhibition of winter lanterns
Kennedy Center’s REACH campus provides the perfect venue for the traveling exhibit of 100 fascinating lanterns featuring 10,000 LED lights. The campus features an innovative sloping landscape, a view of the river and the avant-garde architecture of the buildings that emerge from the ground, which are works of art in themselves. Throughout the celebration, the facade of a structure will serve as a screen for projected images of iconic scenes and elements from Chinese and Korean cultures.
The “lanterns” in this exhibit are actually colorful, translucent sculptures handcrafted by Chinese artisans and lit from within to celebrate the start of the Year of the Tiger. The whimsical creations are showcased in six enchanting outdoor facilities: the Butterfly Garden, Flaming Lagoon, Coral Reef, Panda Grove, Mushroom Forest and Flower Path.
“These beautiful works of art take the concept of lanterns to a different level! When families walk through this magical and fantastical kingdom, they will feel uplifted by its cheerfulness and beauty. The moon is out and they can see the sky and the river,” said Alicia Adams, vice president of dance and international programming who organizes the New Year celebration.