Into the Light – An Immersive Lunar New Year Experience

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A new and memorable way of celebrating Lunar New Year is set to appear in Richmond at Gateway Theatre with Into the Light [在燈光之中] happening February 18 – 20, 2022. Into the Light is an all-ages, immersive, walk-through experience, bringing a unique approach to Lunar New Year, a holiday celebrated by many in the community.

Into the Light. Gateway Theatre. Photo by Sarah Race.
Into the Light. Gateway Theatre. Photo by Sarah Race.

Into the Light [在燈光之中]

  • When: February 18 – 20, 2022
    • Friday – 5:00PM to 8:00PM (last entry)
    • Saturday and Sunday – 1:00pm to 8:00pm (last entry)
  • Where: Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond)
  • Tickets: Available online now. Adults (18+): $28, Child (17 & under): $18

Several of the rituals and customs practiced today during Lunar New Year, such as wearing the colour red, are said to have originated in the ancient tale of the sea-monster Nian (年). According to this legend, on the eve of Lunar New Year, Nian came out of hiding, terrorizing villages for food, and the villagers worked together to ward off the monster and the darkness with lanterns, loud noises, and bright light.

“We wanted to explore why we still celebrate and participate in these customs today and highlight the mythology behind rituals, amplify the Richmond community, and emphasize togetherness.” says Jasmine Chen, Gateway Theatre’s Artistic and Community Producer. “Into the Light offers a unique way of engaging with and learning about Chinese cultural traditions for everyone, no matter their cultural background.”

Created by Hong-Kong-born, Vancouver-based multidisciplinary artist, Stephanie Wong, and award-winning Richmond-based artist, Marina Szijarto, Into the Light invites audiences to step inside the tale of Nian and embark on a journey that will take them through the darkness, into celebration and light. Inside the immersive experience, audiences will be guided by illuminated lanterns and bursts of sound, colour and light, learning how certain Lunar New Year rituals became a tradition we still celebrate today.

As audiences exit the immersive experience and step into the light inside Gateway Theatre’s lobby, they will be able to participate in the lantern-making tradition and proudly hang them on the community display for all to see. The paper lantern kits can also be taken home where the assembled lantern is believed to bring good luck into the home. At the end of the experience, audiences are encouraged to visit a shrine and post their wishes for a prosperous new year. 

Into the Light is an accessible way for all audiences to gain a deeper understanding about the origins and significance of Lunar New Year celebrations, to understand why these traditions are still valuable today, and to pass down this important cultural knowledge to future generations. 

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  1. Michelle WWednesday, January 26th, 2022 — 2:24pm PST

    This sounds like a great experience!

  2. Tabby72Thursday, January 27th, 2022 — 6:28am PST

    I’d love to attend this. Thanks!

  3. FionaThursday, January 27th, 2022 — 4:41pm PST

    I would love to bring my son!

  4. GregLThursday, January 27th, 2022 — 6:14pm PST

    thanks for the chance

  5. NeenaThursday, January 27th, 2022 — 8:13pm PST

    That sounds like a lot of fun.

  6. KathleenThursday, January 27th, 2022 — 9:20pm PST

    This would be cool!

  7. KarenThursday, January 27th, 2022 — 9:44pm PST

    Oh, this sounds like an interesting and informative event.

  8. KarenThursday, January 27th, 2022 — 9:45pm PST

    I’d love to attend It sounds like an interesting and informative event.

  9. KarenThursday, January 27th, 2022 — 9:46pm PST

    Thank you for the chance to attend this event.

  10. Jason BamfordFriday, January 28th, 2022 — 11:41am PST

    Should be fun

  11. WesFriday, January 28th, 2022 — 12:33pm PST

    Would love to take my kid to this!

  12. Jeff SFriday, January 28th, 2022 — 1:23pm PST

    Sounds great! It would be nice to go!

  13. TiffFriday, January 28th, 2022 — 3:02pm PST

    Would love to immerse the kids into more of their heritage and cultural history in a fun and engaging way.

  14. daneFriday, January 28th, 2022 — 6:05pm PST

    cool

  15. TracySaturday, January 29th, 2022 — 10:02am PST

    Would love to checkout !

  16. JUDYSaturday, January 29th, 2022 — 1:14pm PST

    Year of the Tiger, Water element!

  17. Virginia LSaturday, January 29th, 2022 — 2:41pm PST

    Wow! It’s my year … year of the Tiger! Thanks!

  18. TammySaturday, January 29th, 2022 — 5:55pm PST

    Lovely!!

  19. AmilSaturday, January 29th, 2022 — 8:19pm PST

    Sounds neat, would love to go

  20. NicoleSunday, January 30th, 2022 — 10:23am PST

    This sounds very interesting!

  21. karen chiangSunday, January 30th, 2022 — 8:58pm PST

    this looks incredible! thanks for the chance to win this, happy lunar new year!

  22. JoanneSaturday, February 5th, 2022 — 4:51pm PST

    A cool concept — wear your shades and enjoy the view!

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