Lanterns in a multitude of shapes, candle-lit and suspended above the crowd, add a special magic to any evening event. They may be created to order, or built in workshops by the participants, from willow branches or wire and covered with durable translucent paper or grid cloth.
Kathleen Doody began creating lanterns with the British theatre company Welfare State International at a theatre festival in 1982 while living in Kyoto, Japan. Since that time, her lanterns have been part of outdoor productions, installations and parades on Toronto Island, at Harbourfront, Toronto City Hall, First Night, Fallsview Casino and for the CBC.
For 23 years she organized a lantern parade on Ward’s Island, Toronto. There were workshops leading up to the event where people could make their own lanterns to parade, along with hundreds of others, through the community to the beach. The lantern bearers were accompanied by stilt-walkers, fire spinners and drummers.