Illuminate the night in a sea of blue light as part of a procession of awe-inspiring handmade lanterns floating through Morningside Park to Columbia’s campus.


8th Annual
Morningside Lights:

September 21, 2019 at 8 PM
Morningside Park
Free; No tickets required

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Morningside Lights returns with the theme Island, featuring 50+ community-built lanterns, each one a unique, personal reflection on idyllic solitude or urgent interdependency, rising tides or vanishing landscapes, utopias or dystopias, abundance or scarcity.

Join us on the evening of September 21 after dusk to witness the chain of glowing islands that sets forth through the darkness—a shared vision to remind us that, in the end, none of us is an island.

Be a part of creating the magic of Morningside Lights by joining us for a free lantern building workshop in the week leading up to the procession.

Morningside Lights is led by the directors of Processional Arts Workshop, Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, and produced by Columbia University's Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre. This year’s event is part of Columbia University’s Year of Water.



Learn more about Morningside Lights – the annual outdoor procession and workshops open to everyone.


Everyone is welcome to sign up for a lantern building workshop to be part of creating the magic of Morningside Lights.