“Arts-A-Glow” Is Coming To Burien Town Square & B/ IAS Saturday, Sept. 12th

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Burien’s annual “Arts-A-Glow” festival is coming Saturday, Sept. 12th, from 5pm to 10pm at Burien Town Square as well as the Interim Art Space.

During Arts A-Glow the park will be lit by beautiful and fascinating original, artist-created lantern sculptures starting around 8pm. Everyone is invited to:

“Come explore on this magical evening, make your own lantern and join the procession at dusk!  We will have musicians and performers around every corner and treats to be sampled too.”

You can also sign up for one of the upcoming August Lantern Making Workshops at the Moshier Art Center.  Lanterns can also be made earlier in the day at Kids Day at the Burien Fire Station.

This year’s Arts-A-Glow festival will feature seven local and regional artists who are creating temporary, site-specific lantern installations. All of the artists have designed around the theme of Gathering! which celebrates the beauty and magic of coming together. The installation artists are:

  • Denise Henrikson (Seattle)
  • Thaddeus Jurczynski’s (Port Townsend)
  • Sarah Lovett (Seattle)
  • Oleana Perry (Seattle)
  • Deb Shane (Olympia)
  • Dana Squires (Olympia)
  • Leslie Zenz (Olympia)


8pm-ish: Lantern Procession at Dusk – Join the fun! Come early and make a lantern, or bring one from home!

5pm-7pm: The Boyd Family Players, Soft Island Sounds, Samual Doesburg juggling, Harp by Jini O’Flynn & more!
6-7:30: Red Dog (bluegrass)
6-9:30: Illuminated Stilt walking by The Cabiri
6:30-7:30: Abyssinian Dance Drum Circle
7:30-8:45: Yellow Hat Band (brass band music from around the world)
8:45-9:45: Boys of Greenwood Glen (zydeco & bluegrass)


  • Magical Face Painting, Lantern Creation Station, Treats and more!


  • Lantern Open House—Wednesday, Aug 19, 6:30-8:00pm: Everyone is invited to a FREE Open House at the new Burien Library, 4th &152nd. Come meet the artists, get a sneak preview of what’s in store, and learn how you can get involved in making beauty and light for this year’s festival.
  • Lantern Making—Kids Day, Saturday, September 12th, 10am-3pm: Find the FREE lantern booth at Kids Day at the Burien Fire Station and make a lantern for the lantern festival! Go to www.BurienFire.org for more information.
  • Burien Art Walk—Downtown Burien, Sat, Sept 12, 10am-5pm: Wander downtown Burien and find art in the shops. Sponsored by Discover Burien. Go to www.DiscoverBurien.com for more information.
  • The Big Figure Draw In! Sat, Sept 12, 4-6pm: Bring your drawing supplies and a stool and draw the largest figure model you have ever seen! At B/ IAS, 5th and 150th SW. Free and open to the public.

Arts-A-Glow is brought to you by:

  • City of Burien
  • Burien Arts
  • B/ IAS
  • Denise Henrickson & Leslie Zenz
  • 4-Culture
  • Elliott Bay Brewing

Event will happen, art will be created and lanterns will glow, rain or shine. For more information, click here.

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3 Responses to ““Arts-A-Glow” Is Coming To Burien Town Square & B/ IAS Saturday, Sept. 12th”
  1. Sameerah says:

    The Abyssinian Dance Studio is thrilled to participate in the Arts-A-Glow Festival!

    The rhythm of the drumming and zills (finger cymbals) will certainly have people dancing in the streets!

    I will bring some extra hip scarves just in case anyone in the audience would like an “impromptu” belly dance lesson and wants to be able to “SHAKE AND SHIMMY!”

    Also, I am sure there will be a few extra drums, zills, and tambourines, for anyone who would like to take a turn “sitting” in the circle of chairs (or BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR AND INSTRUMENTS AND JOIN IN THE FUN!!!) as those who are drumming take a turn dancing and shimmying!!!

    This is fun for the who family… Those who know me will have to wait and see my costume and which fans I will be using for the event… It will be a surprise!

    We will be setting up at 6:15 in the Burien Interim Art Space near the Tall Thin Lady on 150th (you know – the one you can see through – about two buildings talll… 😉

    See everyone there!

    For the love of the dance and the drum!!!

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  2. Sameerah says:

    CLARIFICATION: Abyssinian Dance will be performing percussion in the Drum Circle from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. This is not intended to be an instructional event, although spontaneous dancing is not only encouraged, but expected and appreciated!

    My enthusiastic comments about the bringing hip scarves for “impromptu” belly dance lessons for “SHAKING AND SHIMMYING!” was meant to describe visually “watching” the dancers dance, not providing an actual dance lesson. You know us writers! In any case, watch the dancers and bust a few moves yourself!

    Listen to the drummers and / or bang out a few beats on your own drum. I will have an extra drum or two which I don’t mind sharing. Always ask before using someone’s instrument as they are very expensive! The best bet is if you want to drum to bring your own instrument, also we will be bringing some chairs, but it will help if you bring your own.

    Sorry I did not make my first post clearer! We will be there at the Drum Circle as performers, not instructors! Hope you enjoy the performance!

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