Winter Festival of Lights
Founded in 1983, and incorporated in 1992, the Winter Festival of lights was created as a way to extend what had for more than a century been a summers-only tourism season in Niagara Falls. The Festival is a free 90-day celebratory event where over two million lights are showcased along a one-of-a-kind 8-kilometer route of nature and cityscapes all centered around the 3 waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls. Known now as the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights, the event has grown to become Canada’s largest illumination festival and the premiere illumination festival in North America, attracting over 1.5 million visitors and 450 motor coaches annually. The OPG Winter Festival of Lights operates as a year-round, not-for-profit corporation with a board of directors that still reflects the unfaltering support of its founding partners, with seats reserved for representatives of The Niagara Parks Commission, the City of Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls Tourism. Over the years, the Festival has earned several travel and tourism industry awards including Top 100 Festivals in Ontario, Sponsor of the Year (OPG), Best Volunteer Program, Most Innovative Partnership and the prestigious Events of Distinction Award from Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO).
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WFL 2019: Light Up Niagara
This application is for ”Light Up Niagara”, an expanded Festival taking place November 3 2018 to January 31, 2019 in several locations in Niagara Falls. The 2018/19 Festival will include two new large events: (1) “Light Up Niagara” will be experiential art exhibit which features one-of-a-kind ‘light art’ displays. The WFL will bring six to eight unique pieces from the Amsterdam Festival of Lights collection to Niagara Falls, and the Montreal-based illumination company, CREOS, will also showcase four of their interactive displays created by Canadian artists. The new enhancement project will expand programming into new areas of the city and feature artwork from world-renowned artists and architects. In 2017 CREOS brought two of their Canadian exhibits to Niagara Falls for the first time: “Prismatica” and “Passage”. Both exhibits will return in 2018, in addition to two new exhibits: (i) "Impulse”, a publicly activated light and sound experience that consists of 15 seesaws that respond and transform when put into motion by people; and (ii) “Loop”, an illuminated musical installation uses large cylinders two metres in diameter, where attendees are invited to sit down inside with a partner to activate the mechanism which causes images to come to life; and (2) “Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition” (November 8, 9, 15, 16, and 23). Five international teams from Canada, China, Italy, Viet Nam and Finland will present 15-20 minute pyrotechnic shows against the backdrop of the Falls. The fireworks will be launched from the International Control Dam and be synchronized to music, and organizers are currently working to partner with a radio station to broadcast the fireworks’ music synchronization on a local station. “Cascades of Fire” will be the first Fireworks competition over international waters.