WEArts held their 3rd annual free El Wire workshop on a Sunday afternoon, Oct. 23rd at the West End Community Centre.   The West End residents will be invited to another Free El Wire workshop to be held during the Lumiere Festival on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at the Denman Mall.   Register online at:

Liana Nishi facilitated the workshop.  She participated in our first El Wire workshop and one of the goals of the small grants is for participants to learn new skills and so we asked her to facilitate our El Wire Workshops.   Liana introduced the eager attendees to the world of electroluminescence (El Wire), a thin, flexible tube, battery-powered that is sown to garments or attached to any accessories or equipment. 

 This year the participants imagined & created their own unique glow-in-the-dark clothing or playful accessories.  We had young Tariq & his mother expectantly creating an el wire stick man outfit for Halloween and many bicycle enthusiasts created lighted vests & bikes to illuminate those dark wintry days.  There was much enjoyment in the workshop as their pieces took shape & their creations captured in digital image for all of us to admire

After the El Wire workshop at the Denman Mall on Dec. 3rd, all our El Wire attendees will be invited to shine along with other light expressed enthusiasts at the Lumiere parade as The Illuminated Orca Whale is returned to Morton Park in English Bay! 

A heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful participants who took part in our October workshop.  You brought your creative ideas and inspired each other with your El Wire creations.   Thank you to Safeway who kept us all refreshed by providing snacks & drinks.  We also want to acknowledge the generous support of Gordon Neighbourhood House & The Vancouver Foundation who made our free El Wire workshop possible.