Parade of winter lanterns in downtown Geneva
The parade is a chance for the community to come together and celebrate, while stimulating creativity and the arts with local schools, community groups and other partners. GBID Executive Director Michael Mills has lived in Atlanta for nearly 20 years and was struck by the beauty of their Beltline Lantern Parade, which launched in 2010 with a few hundred participants and now hosts tens of thousands of revelers every year. The GBID wanted to have this event adopted locally, as the centerpiece of our winter celebration. The half-mile parade route stretches from Genesee Park to Exchange Street and ends in the Seneca Street parking lot at Paradise Alley.
“Atlanta’s annual Lantern Parade has become this incredible opportunity for people to celebrate their neighbors and their physical place through creative expression and collective marching in the spirit of art, music and positivity. “, said Mills. “Truly all-inclusive events are rare in our community, so we considered creating something where everyone is welcome to participate, whether it’s buying a pre-made lantern, wrapping themselves in lights, collaborate on an illuminated ball like Mardi Gras or hit a drummer.”
Like all parades, spectators are encouraged to line up along Exchange Street and enjoy the sights and sounds of this festive new event. Participants can start lining up at Genesee Park as early as 5:30 p.m., before departing for the walk at 6:30 p.m. the dove block project will host a lantern-making workshop on Sunday, February 6 from noon to 2:00 p.m. Lanterns and limited supplies will be provided and volunteers from Hobart’s Art and Architecture program and William Smith will lead this hands-on session.
Geneva City Center Film Festival
GBID is partnering with Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) and the Smith Center for the Arts to launch the Geneva Downtown Film Festival taking place February 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Smith (entrance is free).
“The Geneva Downtown Film Festival celebrates innovative ideas and a passion for storytelling, we hope to cultivate a community of film lovers and filmmakers at all stages of their careers: from students to experienced filmmakers; emerging artists to established professionals,” noted Rebecca Burditt, Assistant Professor of Media and Society, HWS. “We are proud to bring together all these interesting works in downtown Geneva and to be able to project them in such a spectacular place..”
Nearly 100 filmmakers from around the world submitted content, representing the United States, Spain, Iran, United Kingdom, Portugal, Italy, Ukraine, Tunisia, Russia, Canada , Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, India, Germany, China, Brazil, Belgium and Armenia. .
“The Smith is thrilled to be part of the launch of the first-ever Downtown Geneva Arts Festival,” noted Susan Monagan, Executive Director, Smith Center for the Arts. “The film festival will focus on emerging filmmakers and The Smith values the culture of artistic expression across the spectrum of experience and ability. It will be a great opportunity for the community to come together and see the films and see what stories these filmmakers have learned from these years of constant change and upheaval..”
The film festival judges include: Marilyn Jimenez, Emeritus Professor of Media and Society and African Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Nora Brown, director of the Rochester/Finger Lakes Film Commission; Diana Riesman, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Wharton Studio Museum; and Rebecca Burditt, assistant professor of media and society at Hobart and William Smith.
The Geneva Downtown Film Festival invites filmmakers to submit their short films in all genres, including but not limited to animation, documentary, live-action narration and video essay. There are four submission categories: high school, college, general, and 5-minute microfilms (open to all grades). Judges will select the best films and finalists in each category, and these will be screened at the Smith Opera House. Prizes will be awarded to the best film in each category.
The Geneva Downtown Winter Arts Festival will also bring back an Art Walk on February 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Several venues will host art, music and drinks (including beer from Lake Drum Brewing). Over 70 people visited the Art Walk exhibitions at Left Bank and Dove Gallery during Jingle Week in Geneva over the past holiday. The Winter Art Walk takes place at dove gallery and Left Bank.
Restaurant Passport Contest
This inaugural festival is designed to celebrate the best of our community during the cold winter, while promoting our businesses during the “quiet months”. And GBID is running a Restaurant Passport contest to entice people to dine at local establishments from the 5th to the 12th.
Participation is simple and free: have the passport stamped after meals in three participating restaurants; hand in the passport (to the drop box in GBID 1 Franklin Square lobby, direct message GBID Facebook or email photo of passport to [email protected]) before Monday, February 14 (9:00 a.m.); and submitted passports are entered into a draw for downtown giveaways: gift baskets; gift cards; or Geneva downtown t-shirts and stickers.
Passports are available in the lobby of 1 Franklin Square, at participating restaurants and HERE on the GBID website.
Participating restaurants and bars include:
Beef & Beer
Sicilian restaurant in Bella
Cam’s New York Pizzeria
El Morro Restaurant
Geneva ice cream
Hog Wallow Tavern
Main Moon Chinese Restaurant
Parker’s Grill & Tap House
Simple candy coffee
The rusty pig
Water Street Cafe
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