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Vancouver's West End will be aglow this winter for popular Lumiere event

For its seventh year, Lumière will showcase seven interactive art installations at two iconic sites in Vancouver's West End.
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Stanley, a heron, is among the light installations returning to the West End this November for Lumiere 2020. Photo: Lumiere Vancouver/Facebook

With so many annual events across Metro Vancouver having to radically alter how they bring people together or opt to cancel entirely due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are still some that will be able to go on. One of those events is Lumière Vancouver, which finds special illuminated installations set up in the West End for the public to enjoy.

For its seventh year, Lumière will showcase seven interactive art installations at two iconic sites: English Bay and Jim Deva Plaza.  

You'll catch some familiar sights if you head down to check out the event, which runs from November 5 through 30. 

At the foot of Denman Street will be "Davie" the 24-foot grizzly bear. There will also be the nature-inspired sculptures at English Bay: Luna the whale, Stanley the heron, and Eugenia the tree. These light installations "pay homage to British Columbia’s wildlife community," according to organizers.

Lumière will also feature a new light installation this year. Prismatica was created by RAW Design and is made up of countless colourful giant prisms where visitors can walk through and observe city life in every colour of the spectrum.  

“Lumière is again pleased to be able to bring stunning light and art to the West End. The lighting displays are beloved by locals and visitors alike, and we hope Lumière will add a bit of glow to the dark winter season as the year draws to a close” said Stephen Regan, Executive Director of the West End BIA, in a media release.  

For 2020, Lumière Vancouver will run for more days than usual so that people have plenty of chances to check out the installations and do so while maintaining a safe physical distance from others. Some of the installations are also expected to remain in place for the entire winter.

Additionally, Lumière will offer special activities in the area aimed at "creating a fun and festive atmosphere that can be safely enjoyed by individuals, families, and small bubble groups of friends."

Lumière Vancouver 2020

When: November 5 - 30; installations best viewed after sunset

Where: Jim Deva Plaza and English Bay in Vancouver's West End