Constellations Come Alive at Minneapolis Lantern Fest [Video]

Light the Winter Night was this year's festival theme.

Light the Winter Night was this year's festival theme.

Meet the Artists of the Minneapolis Lantern Fest from Voice Media Group on Vimeo.

Who says summer is the only time you can celebrate under the stars? The first-ever Minneapolis Lantern Fest took place over the weekend on a brrr-worthy February night, just a few days after the Lunar New Year.

Hundreds of people came out to see the larger-than-life lanterns created by artists in conjunction with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and the Minneapolis Downtown Council.

The five huge lanterns each represented a different constellation and took shape as a fox (by artist Gustavo Boada), a raven (Bart Buch), a bear (Mark Safford), a hare (Masa Kawahara), and a loon (Julie Boada). The origins of Boada's lantern come from the Ojibwe loon constellation, also known as Ursa Minor (or the Little Dipper).

Each artist spent weeks on their creations with Kawahara's masterpiece clocking in at several weeks. Over the past couple weeks, other community members crafted approximately 900 small lanterns at workshops around Minneapolis in preparation to "Light the Winter Night" at the event alongside the larger lanterns.

Though it was cold, a little taste of summer was available for folks that went to see the stars against the skyline, with plenty of craft beer to sip on and goods from food trucks to nosh on.

Video production by Todd Wardrope for City Pages.

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