The Department of Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations has announced the itinerary for this year’s Celebration of the Winter Solstice.
At a press conference held this morning, Aintza Kanariar, director of public relations for the Department, said she was “very pleased” to announce that this year’s festivities will begin at sunrise on December 21.
“This is the first time in seven years years that the Winter Solstice celebrations have begun at sunrise and it marks a return to the beginning of Park life under zoocracy,” she said.
The Celebration will be a mixture of old and new and will incorporate familiar and foreign elements, she confirmed.
Invited musical guests include Eggie and The Pigs, SpontaneousGeneration, SCENTient Beings, Inktvis and Krake, NIML, rap artist Will.o.be, The Tweeters, and The Endeka Elephant Band.
The Herman Stoat Dance Company will perform a new work entitled, “The White Dance,” which was choreographed for the occasion by the company’s assistant choreographer, Gustav Hermelin.
Other entertainment acts include jugglers, clowns, a Human imitator, and a Canine comic. As well, several students from the Hani Gajah School of Art will be on hand to paint “three-minute portraits” of Solstice celebrants.
As always, a major component of the festivities will be the food. This year, Kanaria said, Clowder and The Cackling Goose Tavern will provide the festive fare. As well, courtesy of Ants in Your Pantry and Provisions by Petrounel, all attendees will go home with tasty party favours.
“With these plans in place, as well as a few surprises, we expect this to be a joyful, memorable occasion for all,” said Kanaria.
The Celebration of the Winter Solstice begins at sunrise on December 21. Food will be served until 11:00 pm.