The 2022 Tacoma Light Trail is back, offering a month filled with events and activities for the whole family, including outdoor shows, community art, interactive projects and more.
Running through January 16, the Tacoma Light Trail is free for all ages and accessible in person and online. There are many ways to be the light in a festival whose purpose is to uplift and unite the community and to bring light in dark times.
Make community art: During each of the free outdoor performance evenings at Tollefson Plaza (6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 7, 8, 14 and 15), festival-goers can make DIY lantern dots and then hang them in a community artwork run by festival partner Tinkertopia, who have more opportunities to do the project during store hours (1914 Pacific Ave, Tacoma). Free hot teas will be available in the Community Art Tent in the plaza, courtesy of Mad Hat Tea.
Play with shadows: Each evening, on the upper level of the plaza, another tent will host “Light and Shadow Story”, an interactive work of art by Raven Juarez. As an old-fashioned projector projects a full moon onto the nearby wall, festival-goers can play with objects and shapes to create shadowy stories.
Walk in a labyrinth of light: Travel a candle-lit meditative spiral through a maze of light, set up by YogaWild on the upper level of the plaza.
Discover art and sound on the Light Trail: Every evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., illuminated art displays will light up in the windows and buildings of downtown Tacoma. Walk, ride, or drive to experience them all via an interactive map at TacomaLightTrail.org, also available in print at local libraries. Take the bus, streetcar, or Pierce Transit Runner to keep your trail footprint green. Each light art spot has music or poetry to play on its webpage, accessible via the QR code in the windows.
Create a community art story: At the Pantages Theater, “Touching Down in Tacoma” is a unique scene of giant LED logs, TV, and aliens, performed by iconic artist Steve LaBerge (whose giant LED UFO lit up Tollefson Plaza on the 2020 Trail) . Tacoma Light Trail partners with Creative Colloquy to invite all viewers to make up a story on stage and submit it to the Creative Colloquy website. Details on tacomalighttrail.org or on the Pantages window.
Switch on your bike and ride: On January 5 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the artists of Light Trail and their partner Downtown on the Go will host a workshop on turning your bike into a light art exhibit. The workshop takes place on the patio of Alma Mater, sponsor of the Sentier and luminous art place, with food and drinks available inside. Then, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Downtown on the Go will lead an illuminated bike ride through the Trail.
Play in the projections: Permaculture Lifestyle Institute artist Ulysses Martin will have an animated map projection each performance night at Tollefson Plaza, as well as inside and outside Alma Mater Wednesday through Saturday night during the Trail. Watch the colorful light transform buildings and walls, or step inside yourself.
Wear light: This year, bring the light to the Light Trail. From glowing necklaces and fairy tutus to glowing shoes or simple flashlights, anyone can be a part of the light.
Rapper and spoken word artist B. Lyte performs on January 15th.
Performances are held at Tollefson Plaza, 1548 Commerce St., and are free. On January 7, pianist, singer and songwriter Jim Meck; Ken Jacobsen’s ambient electric cello waves curl like fairy lights; performance clown Luz G; and Tacoma’s next popular singer, Andrian Milanio.
On January 8, Mirrorgloss brings dance-pop with hints of r & b and indie sounds, Write253 features Tacoma’s best young poets speaking the word, a dance troupe from the Asia-Pacific Cultural Center will perform cultural performances, and the trio of young circus MTA Unicycles will dazzle with LED juggling, skipping rope and incredible unicycle.
The Vuelta La Luna Circus will wow audiences on January 14 with aerials, light juggling and rotations, and jazz trio Kareem Kandi will do what they do best: smooth jazz. In addition, Tree of Life will be an unmissable programming experience with its interactive and moving sculptural performance.
January 15 welcomes the Puget Sound Revels and their medieval game Mummers Play with 21st humor of the century, Japanese drums Tacoma Fuji Taiko to ring the New Year and rap / speaked word artist B. Lyte.
Get all the up-to-date information on TacomaLightTrail.org.