January 31st, 2022

Occasion marks the first time a local Coast Salish master-weaver is using large-scale programmable lighting on building facades to share Indigenous designs

Render image credit: VMF

VANCOUVER, BC – British Columbians will be treated to a one-of-a-kind illumination show this February, as a special design by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) weaver Debra Sparrow headlines the BC Place Northern Lights display schedule for the month.

Part of the Vancouver Mural Festival’s Blanketing the City: Lighting the Way project, the stadium will feature a special roof lighting show designed by the acclaimed artist from February 11 to 27, marking the first time a local Coast Salish master-weaver has used large-scale programmable lighting on building facades to share Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh designs with the city of Vancouver.

Other iconic landmarks participating in the project are Canada Place, Science World, and Bill Curtis Square in Yaletown.

In addition to the Indigenous artwork display, the Northern Lights schedule for the month features special animations for Black History Month, 2022 Canadian Winter Olympians, Valentine’s Day, and Variety the Children’s Charity Show of Hearts telethon.

Other community initiatives to be amplified using the stadium’s illumination show are:

  • Provincial Eating Disorder Awareness Week
  • Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Day
  • 211 Day
  • Wear Red Day for Women’s Heart Health
  • Covenant House Sleep Out: Champions Edition
  • World Encephalitis Day
  • World Thinking Day for BC Girl Guides
  • Pink Shirt Day
  • Rare Disease Day

Follow the stadium’s social media accounts on Twitter and Instagram for the latest on the Northern Lights display.

Below is the complete Northern Lights Display schedule for February (subject to change).

Monday, January 31: red for Lunar New Year's eve
Tuesday, February 1: purple for Provincial Eating Disorder Awareness Week
Wednesday, February 2: Special animation for Black History Month
Friday, February 4: Special animation for Canadian Winter Olympians
Monday, February 7: red for Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week
Thursday, February 10: red for 211 Day (February 11)
Friday, February 11 to Sunday, February 27: Coast Salish artwork for VMF Blanketing the City with Light Project
Sunday, February 13: red for Wear Red Day for Women's Heart Health
Monday, February 14: Special animation for Valentine's Day
Wednesday, February 16: blue & gold for Sleep Out: Champions Edition (February 17)
Monday, February 21: red for World Encephalitis Day (February 22)
Tuesday, February 22: blue for World Thinking Day for BC Girl Guides
Wednesday, February 23: pink for Pink Shirt Day
Saturday, February 26: Special animation for Show of Hearts 2022
Monday, February 28: pink, green & blue for Rare Disease Day