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- Venue: Hawrelak Park, Edmonton, AB
This spellbinding spectacle of light provides a grande finale to a day of outdoor fun. Individual teams of fire artists will set their works ablaze on five different evenings during the festival.
This year's fire sculptures are inspired by a charming folk story.
Throughout each day on February 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18 a team of fire artists will be building a sculpture that will be burned at 7:45pm on each of those days. Each day features a different team of artists and each day presents a different interpretation of the story, "The Land of the Golden Apples".
In the story the fire represents renewal and the release of thoughts that make us sad or any fear or regret that chases love from our hearts. In the Storytelling tent the public is invited to write down any of the aforementioned thoughts to be offered to the fire sculpture.
Members of the public are also invited to make a lantern at the Workshop tent adjacent to the Storytelling tent from 4-7pm and a lantern procession at 7:30pm makes its way through "The Land of the Golden Apples " to the fire circle for the burn.
As the fires burn so does any chance of the curse returning to the kingdom and each Golden Apple in the land shines a little brighter.
Each evening ends with some lively entertainment from our main stage and everyone lives happily ever after.
2018 Free Will Fire Teams
February 10, 2018
Team Name: Site E
Lead Artist: Loren Albrecht
February 11, 2018
Team Name: TBD
Lead Artist: Ruta Nichol
February 16, 2018
Team Name: Metal Kitty
Lead Artist: Maxwell Turner
February 17, 2018
Team Name: Chickadee
Lead Artist: Shelaine Sparrow & Marc Piquette
February 18, 2018
Team Name: Golden Castle
Lead Artist: Steven Teeuwsen
What's the Fire Sculpture Installation?
Since 2009, Silver Skate Festival has hosted a fire sculpture installation, This spellbinding spectacle of light serves as a finale to the Silver Skate Folk Trails.
Traditionally, six teams of artists create sculptures to be set ablaze on Saturday evening and come together to create a larger communal sculpture on Sunday on the first weekend of the festival. In 2014 we tried something different and featured individual teams of fire artists on four different evenings during the festival. It was such a success that we are going to continue on with individual teams on each of the "Burn" nights.
The Land of the Golden Apples
A terrible curse has befallen “The Land of the Golden Apples” when its Queen suddenly dies during the birth of Princess Summer. Unbearable grief turns the King’s heart to ice and Princess Summer and her nursemaid, Magda, are locked away in the highest tower of the castle. The people of the kingdom, who loved the Queen the most, are transformed into menacing Wolf People. Soon everyone’s heart grows as cold as that of the King. The magical orchard of warmth emitting golden apples, for which the kingdom is named, begins to whither and the curse grows stronger. Every living thing turns into a statue of ice and snow patrolled by ferocious Wolf People. In a nearby Kingdom, Prince Gerald hears of the beautiful princess trapped in the tower of a cursed kingdom and sets out on a quest to save her. News of the Prince’s quest reaches Princess Summer and she escapes the tower in search of Gerald. Magda is sent out to find Summer and the King soon follows. During a blinding blizzard Gerald and Summer stumble into an ice cave and quickly fall in love and as they do the ice cave begins to melt. Magda, then the King, notice the melting cave and come upon Summer and Gerald. As the King stares upon Princess Summer, he is reminded of his beautiful Queen. Slowly Summer steps towards him, puts her hand to his cheek and whispers “Papa?” Tears fall from the Kings eyes as the ice surrounding his broken heart melts away and a golden apple tree begins to grow in the very spot the Kings tears have fallen. The curse is lifted. The good people of the Kingdom, who were once wolf people, return to their human form and the Land of the Golden Apples returns to its former glory.
Ashamed of their evil deeds that had nearly destroyed the Land of the Golden Apples, the people’s hearts grow heavy and a little cold creeps back into the kingdom. Quickly the King proclaims that each year the kingdom will write down any thoughts that make them sad or any fear or regret that chases love from their hearts and burn them. As the fires burn so does any chance of the curse returning to the kingdom and each Golden Apple in the land shines a little brighter on this special day.
Fire Sculptures Photos
The mission of the Silver Skate Festival Society is to provide a free family-oriented winter celebration blending sport, recreation, arts and culture, showcasing various skating disciplines and promoting outdoor activities in Alberta.