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Disco Lights by Ivan McLean Photo by Brooke Hoyer

8th Annual Portland Winter Light Festival

February 3 - 11, 2023

Join us in transforming Portland into breathtaking color, art, and performance at night. Let’s shine a light on local artists and brighten the city together!

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For the fourth year in a row, our amazing local partner PAE/LUMA will be matching individual gifts up to $5,000 through December 31. If you'd like to see your support doubled, please make a gift today.


2023 Theme: The Light of STARS


The numbers say we are not alone in the universe

They also say we are alone, here, now in our tiny corner of space.


What we know of time tells us galaxies and civilizations have been born,

grown up and turned to dust, Then once again had the pieces swept up, and used as the building blocks for tomorrow.


In July 2022 the world looked to the stars and opened a new human chapter.

We found we can see further back into time than ever before.  

And what do we see?


Beautiful, beautiful chaos.

Finding out the order our minds try to impose on the universe is not real can be disconcerting for some,

but to me, it's music.

Stars ripping through nebulas like baseballs through cotton candy.

Galaxies squeezing past black holes only to have billions of stars scattered into the darkness like multicolored Christmas lights.


The colors in space are unimaginable and unending.

What we can see, and what we will never know.

Every color, every wavelength.


I see that this vastness and chaos can also create a symmetry. 

Like here, on our little watery rock floating through space.

A place where we can dream, and build and reach for the stars and find the future.


This year. I ask you to look at the universe and show us your future.

I know it's a lot to ask, but I believe in you.

Because the numbers say we are all lucky to be here.

And anyone that lucky can do anything.

~ Chris Herring, Creative Director PDXWLF

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