Illuminated 2013


Saturday, January 26

Illumination Celebration

Day one of our enchanting winter pop-up

Sunday, January 27

Do It Yourself

A pop-up clubhouse for 9- to 15-year-olds

Saturday, February 2

Inner Child

A pop-up winter lodge for families

Sunday, February 3

Birdies & Trolls

A pop-up journey to Sweden and the outdoors

Get yourself aglowing with four unique days of midwinter delights, Swedish-style. Cozy up in our Mitten Lodge and enjoy mulled wine, Stockholm hot chocolate, pepparkakor cookies, and the sounds of Northern Lights Radio spinning some of your favorite tunes.

Free with Garden admission.

Note: To enter the Garden after 4:30 p.m., please go to 990 Washington Avenue.


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Illumination Celebration

Day one of our enchanting winter pop-up

Get yourself aglowing with a celebration of winter delights, Swedish-style, featuring an enchanting moonlight lantern walk with live music, stilt dancers, and giant puppets. Throughout the day, enjoy wondrous workshops or just cozy up in our Mitten Lodge. Indulge in mulled wine, Stockholm hot chocolate, pepparkakor cookies, and the sounds of BBG’s pirate radio station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite tunes. The evening is capped off with our Ljus och Musik (Lights and Music) after party for all ages.

Noon–1 p.m.

Upside Down: A Handstand Class for Adults
LAVA Studio
Let Pippi Longstocking be your inspiration in a grown-up handstand tutorial led by Brooklyn’s best acrobats.
Lack of coordination is a plus. Space is limited to 20 participants.
Sign up in the Visitor Center from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; first-come, first-served.

1–6 p.m.

Lite-Brite Lounge
Flop down on the rug and let your creativity shine with old-school Lite-Brites and other classic games.

1:15–3:15 p.m.

Recycled Treasure Mandala
Kimberly Carmody, Urban Mandala
Grab a handful of pebbles, acorns, and old cassette tapes and contribute to this ever-changing, magical art installation.

3:30–5:30 p.m.

You Light Up My Life: Lantern Making for Families
Brooklyn Craft Workshop
Create a unique glass luminary to light your path on the Moonlight Lantern Walk and on your way home.

6–8 p.m.

Moonlight Lantern Walk
Featuring the giant puppets and stilt dancers of Mortal Beasts & Deities
Music by Gamelan Son of Lion featuring Indonesian angklung rattles and gongs
Celebrate the full moon with an enchanting nighttime lantern walk around Cherry Esplanade.

8–9:30 p.m.

Ljus och Musik (Lights and Music) After Party
A party for all ages! A chance to dance or kick back with your friends

Do It Yourself

A pop-up clubhouse for 9- to 15-year-olds

Banish your parents to the coffee bar, ‘cause today’s activities are devoted to you. Bring your friends for a day of weird workshops or just nibble on Swedish Fish and chill out in our Mitten Lodge. The sounds of BBG’s pirate radio station, Northern Lights Radio, will provide the soundtrack.

Noon–1 p.m.

Lean on Me: Build a Human Pyramid
LAVA Studio
Join Magma, LAVA’s junior company, in this “hands on” acrobatic workshop.

1–3 p.m.

Friendship-Bracelet-Making Party
Brooklyn Craft Workshop
Bring a friend (and make some new ones) and get crafty.

1–5 p.m.

Lite-Brite Lounge
Flop down on the rug and let your creativity shine with old-school Lite-Brites and other classic games.

3–5 p.m.

Recycled Treasure Mandala
Kimberly Carmody, Urban Mandala
Grab a handful of pebbles, acorns, and old cassette tapes and contribute to this ever-changing, magical art installation.

3:30–4:30 p.m.

Create a Human Mandala
LAVA Studio
Wackier than Twister! Join this acrobatic workshop led by members of Magma, LAVA’s junior company.

4:30–5 p.m.

Spotlight on Nature: A Flashlight Tour
Grab a flashlight and explore BBG’s dark side…

Inner Child

A pop-up winter lodge for families

Get yourself aglowing with a celebration of winter delights, Swedish-style. This afternoon features performances by the unforgettable storyteller and face painter Christopher Agostino. Throughout the afternoon, join in wonderful games and workshops or just cozy up on the Mitten Lodge and enjoy mulled wine, Stockholm hot chocolate, pepparkakor cookies, and the sounds of BBG’s pirate radio station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite tunes.

Noon–12:30 p.m.

Swedish Schoolyard Games
Professor Magnus Ö Lingonberry
Put on your mittens and prepare to play outside as the professor leads visitors in rousing schoolyard games with a Swedish twist.

Noon–5 p.m.

Lite-Brite Lounge
Flop down on the rug and let your creativity shine with old-school Lite-Brites and other classic games.

12:30–1 p.m.

Stories & Face Paint: The Tiger that Went to the House of the Sun
Agostino Arts
Join Christopher Agostino as he brings stories to life on the faces of the audience.

1:15–1:45 p.m.

Swedish Schoolyard Games
Professor Magnus Ö Lingonberry
Put on your mittens and prepare to play outside as the professor leads visitors in rousing schoolyard games with a Swedish twist.

2–2:30 p.m.

Stories & Face Paint: The Tiger that Went to the House of the Sun
Agostino Arts
Join Christopher Agostino as he brings stories to life on the faces of the audience.

3–5 p.m.

Recycled Treasure Mandala
Kimberly Carmody, Urban Mandala
Grab a handful of pebbles, acorns, and old cassette tapes and contribute to this ever-changing, magical art installation.

Birdies & Trolls

A pop-up journey through Sweden and the great outdoors

Get yourself aglowing with a celebration of winter delights, Swedish-style. This afternoon features the nature around us. Join workshops, walk around BBG's grounds, and be entranced by Swedish stories set to music. You can also just cozy up in the Mitten Lodge and enjoy mulled wine, Stockholm hot chocolate, pepparkakor cookies, and the sounds of BBG’s pirate radio station, Northern Lights Radio, spinning some of your favorite tunes.

Noon–1 p.m.

Winter Bird Stroll
Spot winter birds around BBG with naturalist Brad Klein.

Noon–6:30 p.m.

Lite-Brite Lounge
Flop down on the rug and let your creativity shine with old-school Lite-Brites and other classic games.

1–3 p.m.

Pine Pillows and Evergreens: Workshop for Families
Investigate winter evergreens and incredible pinecones and make a fragrant pine needle pillow to take home.

3–3:30 p.m.

The Troll’s Garden and other Swedish Tales
Storyteller Robin Bady with musical accompaniment by Skip La Plante
Be enchanted as master storyteller Robin Bady performs traditional Swedish tales with live music on homemade instruments.

4–4:30 p.m.

Skalunda and the Giant and other Swedish Tales
Storyteller Robin Bady with musical accompaniment by Skip La Plante
Be enchanted as master storyteller Robin Bady performs traditional Swedish tales with live music on homemade instruments.

4:30–6:30 p.m.

Recycled Treasure Mandala Closing Ceremony
Kimberly Carmody, Urban Mandala
Join artist Kimberly Carmody as she leads the closing ceremony for Illuminated's evolving art installation. Participants will take home a bag of beads, buttons, acorns, and other mandala treasures.



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