Art-at-Night Event

Downtown Sydney

Nov 12, 6pm – 11pm

Message from Lumière Team

It’s with much deliberation and sadness that we at Lumière have decided to postpone again until Cape Breton can “Re-emerge” from the devastation that Fiona caused. Please stay safe, check on your neighbors, and know this too shall pass.

POSTPONED DATE: 6-11pm November 12, 2020

Schedule of Events

Saturday, Sept 10th

7-9 pm

Festival Kick Off

Artist Talks: The Creative Process

Featuring Melissa Kearney, Nelson MacDonald and Chanelle Julian
Eltuek Arts Centre
Hosted by Wesley Colford
Musical Guest Gee Stewart

Thursday, Sept 15th

8-10 pm

Lumière at the drive in

Short Films curated by Nelson MacDonald

Learn more

Friday, Sept 17th

7-9:30 pm

CBU Art Gallery Presents High Point Sound & Art

Wentworth Park Band Shell
Musical performance followed by film screening
*Advisory Warning for film screening

Saturday, Sept 17th

2-4 pm

Lantern Making Workshops

  • McConnell Library Sydney
  • Louisbourg Library
  • North Sydney Library
  • Glace Bay Library

Saturday, Sept 17th

7-9 pm

Artist Talks: Storytelling

Featuring Daniel MacIvor, Hazel Sparling, and Robyn Martelly
Eltuek Arts Centre
Hosted by James Thompson
Musical Guest Bradley Murphy

Thursday, Sept 22nd

7-9 pm

19+ Fired creations night

Fired Creations

Thursday, Sept 22nd


Open Studio Day

Eltuek Arts Centre

Nov 12

6pm - 11pm

Art-At-Night Event

7pm Lantern Parade
Downtown Sydney

Featured Artists

Melissa Kearney

Melissa Kearney

Melissa Kearney is a multi-disciplinary artist in Unama’ki | Cape Breton. Reimagining how geography, and bygone industry tell the story of the soul, Kearney focus on the personal and community. Their practice includes painting, performance, installation and film. They have participated in exhibitions and festivals across the province and is currently the Artistic Director at Eltuek Arts Centre in the north end of Sydney.

Robyn Martelly

Robyn Martelly

Robyn Martelly is from Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia, which is located in Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island). Robyn is an artist, contributing author, poet, and a freelance writer. Some of her work has appeared in LOVE (Leave Out Violence) Newsletter, Teens Now Talk Magazine, Understorey Magazine, Montréal Writes an Online Literary Magazine, the Cape Breton Post, CBRM ConnectArts, CBC Information Morning Cape Breton, Wandering Autumn Magazine and ‘Magine: Unama’ki/ Cape Breton’s Literary Magazine.

Robyn has 15+ years experience creating art and writing poetry, her art and writing is inspired by her culture, community, and social issues.

Michel Williatte-Battet

Michel Williatte-Battet

Michel Williatte-Battet is a multi disciplinary artist based in St Joseph du Moine on the western side of Cape Breton Island. Inspired by his surroundings Michel’s art is often described as whimsical and humorous. He has been showing and selling his work since 1989 and it can be found in many private collections around the world.

Loretta Gould

Loretta Gould

Loretta is a self-taught artist from the Waycobah First Nation in Nova Scotia. Born and raised in a reservation in Cape Breton, she creates bright, beautiful pieces with fabrics, photos and acrylics. Her art is spiritual and her way to get her feelings on canvas. Her first paintings sold in Finland and Germany, and has been creating and exhibiting her pieces ever since.

She is currently working on a compilation of stories that go with each of her paintings, and 2 children’s books to help learn their native tongue. Today, she resides in Cape Breton with her husband Elliot Gould and all their children Dakota Jay, Shianne Snow, Savannah Sipu, Phoenix Lee, Ivy Blue, and Montanna Sky.

Daniel MacIvor

Daniel MacIvor

Daniel MacIvor is a Cape Breton playwright and filmmaker. He is the recipient of an OBIE Award, a GLAAD Award, a Governor General’s Award, the Siminovitch Prize In Theatre and a Canadian Screen Award.

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Art festivals are community building. The potential that people have to do extraordinary things, and witnessing extraordinary things, can really set ones mind and heart on fire. Art is healing. Art is work. Whatever it is—keep going.

Melissa Kearney

I love what they stand for, I have great admiration for the work they do to amplify voices. To form connections and have conversations through artwork is profound. I’m very thankful spaces like this have been created.

Chanelle Julian

I have come home to make work about home and I can’t imagine a better place to share that work than this excellent community-based festival.

Daniel MacIvor