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ILLUMINASIA Lantern and Garden Festival

The Calgary Zoo is proud to introduce its second year of the ILLUMINASIA Chinese Lantern and Garden Festival presented by Sinopec Canada. The festival runs September 8 to October 16, 2016 every Thursday through Sunday from 7:00 to 10:00pm. This night time festival will feature hundreds of traditional and non-traditional lanterns as well as live cultural entertainment and programming for all ages.

The zoo is currently seeking artists to assist in producing artwork for the ILLUMINASIA Art Gallery to be on display each evening of the festival. We are looking for artists who can create traditional and non-traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese artwork. We are looking for two dimensional artwork but are open to other ideas.  The artwork will be displayed inside the Enmax Conservatory foyer for the duration of the six week festival.

Artists who are selected for this project will not be required to attend the festival but are encouraged to come out and talk about their work with guests. This is a great opportunity for artists who would like to showcase their talent as well as share some insight on their own culture.

We will only be accepting Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese artwork (both traditional and non-traditional). Compensation will be discussed on a case by case basis.

Deadline for submissions is July 15, 2016. We require samples of your artwork which can be emailed to or dropped off to Kelsey’s attention at 1300 Zoo Road NE. We will acknowledge receipt of your submission but only artists that are shortlisted will be contacted for further discussions. Sorry but no late entries will be accepted.

Please contact Kelsey at if you have any questions or require more details.

If you would like more information on the festival visit