LUNA Fête Scheduled for Dec. 16-19 at Convention Center Pedestrian Park

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The 2021 LUNA Fête will feature work from light artist Bart Kresa.

NEW ORLEANS — Arts New Orleans’ LUNA Fête 2021 is scheduled to take place Dec. 16-19 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Pedestrian Park. Interactive light-based artworks by artists and scientists will be installed across 7.5 acres for visitors to experience while social distancing.  

Organizers say it’s the first major festival to return to the city since the pandemic caused all such gatherings to be cancelled.

“We are proud to partner with the Arts Council New Orleans and New Orleans & Company to create an extraordinarily memorable and educational Luna Fête experience,” said Michael J. Sawaya, Convention Center president, in a press release. “It is rewarding to see that our investment in creating a unique event space such as our new Pedestrian Park be used for a festival that will be enjoyed by our visitors and citizens of all ages. Luna Fête is exactly how we hoped the Pedestrian could serve New Orleans” 

2021’s LUNA Fête theme celebrates “Earth, space and the scientists that share their secrets.” It remains free and open to the public.  

Artist Bart Kresa will animate the Convention Center’s Hall D facade with a seven-minute projection highlighting the “beauty and fragility of our planet.” A new VIP experience, Sky Garden hosted by Jones Walker, offers an “elevated celestial speakeasy of botanical beauty.” Guests will enjoy complimentary food, drink, private restrooms and an exclusive art installation. 

“The Arts Council has worked tirelessly throughout the year to bring a full-scale LUNA Fête production safely back to the city and are thankful to the Convention Center and New Orleans & Company for supporting the return of the Arts Council’s LUNA Fête,” said interim Arts Council executive director, Joycelyn Reynolds. “We look forward to inviting the community to explore new innovative temporary artworks throughout the festival and enjoy three new permanent art installations which we have been working with the Convention Center to install during the pandemic.” 

During LUNA visitors can also explore three new permanent light-based installations commissioned by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for the Pedestrian Park:   

  • Heart Full of Rhythm by New Orleans artist Rontherin Ratliff
  • Alluvial Mirror by Patrick Marold  
  • contemplate congregate by Erwin Redl

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