The Morningside Lights Festival Returns

morningside lights 2022


In-person for the first time since 2019, the eleventh annual Morningside Lights Festival will take place on September 24 at 8 p.m., when the night sky will light up from handmade lanterns floating from Morningside Park to Columbia University’s campus.


This year’s theme will be The Reimagined Monument, “a luminous, moving sculpture garden comprised of 40+ community-built lanterns, each one a unique, personal reflection on how we memorialize, creating newly inspired monuments that speak to the current moment, shared past, and hopes for the future.”

Past themes have included Flight, The Secret Gardens of Harlem, TRAVERSE, New York Nocturne, Odysseus on the A Train, The Luminous Deep and The Imagined City.

Some photos from past events (by Michael Seto):

Morningside Lights Arts Initiative

Arts Initiative Morningside Lights Festival

Morningside Lights 2018

For those interested in participating, lantern building workshops will precede the festival, and will run from September 17-23 at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University (116th St. and Broadway). Workshops are free and open to participants of all backgrounds and abilities.

To learn more and to register for workshops, visit

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