Luna 2018 – The Aftermath

A huge chunk of Revelstoke made it out to the Luna Nocturnal Art Festival on September 29, 2018. To say it was a success is an understatement. Put on by the Revelstoke Arts Council, the Revelstoke Visual Arts Center and the Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce, the event boasted entertainment and wonder for people of all ages from every walk of life.

The Revelstoke Current got in touch with Margot Wyllie, the Executive Director of the Arts Council, to ask if Luna 2018 met her expectations.

“We were hoping to get 5,000 people come out,” Wyllie says. “Thanks to our sticker counting system, where we tried to get a Luna sticker on everyone attending, we estimate that we had between 6,000-6,500 people attend. We stickered 6,400 people.”

With a marketing push outside of Revelstoke, those involved found it gratifying that the guest book showed people from Nelson, Salmon Arm and Calgary in attendance.

Attendees ranged in age across the board. “That is what we were going for,” says Wyllie. “Inclusivity was a big priority for us. We wanted the venues to be accessible and we hoped to engage the whole community, whether people were two, twenty eight or eighty eight.”

Feedback from the artists has been overwhelmingly positive. “Luna had local professional and amateur artists and artists from across the country. They all want to come back next year,” enthuses Wyllie.

Congratulations to everyone involved. Their creativity and hard work gives Revelstoke the chance to have experiences often reserved for larger centers.

Grant writing for next year has already begun, so it is safe to say Luna 2019 is bound to happen.

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