Concept/founder: Jill Kearney

The inauguration of Aqualumina Festival, a riverside lantern festival involving music, performance, and inspiring lighting at the river’s edge, took place on Oct 22 – 23, 2021 at ArtYard in Frenchtown, NJ. The event launched with a performance of Brian Sanders’ JUNK in Ancestral Lights, a site-specific outdoor dance performance illuminating refugee narratives and kindling light in a time of darkness and displacement.

The music was a three-way collaboration between Brian Sandrer’s JUNKOran Etkin, and Mad Beatz Philly.