Silver Skate Festival

Presented by Northgate Industries Ltd.

Feb 7-17, 2025 • Laurier Park

Edmonton's longest running winter festival!

Fire Sculptures

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Since 2009, the Silver Skate Festival has hosted a fire sculpture installation. This spellbinding spectacle of light serves as a grand finale to the Silver Skate Folk Trail stories. Fire Sculpture artists were asked to consider and reflect on the following statement to inspire their builds:

“In our quest through life we all occasionally face a battle with darkness. Sometimes we become lost in the dark. Am I good enough? Can I conquer my fear of failure? This journey from darkness to light asks how we can regain our voice, to sing once again.”

Join us for the BURN at 7:45pm on the day of each build to celebrate renewal and the release of thoughts that make us sad or any fear or regret that chases love from our hearts.

You are invited to take part in a Silver Skate tradition by writing a fear or a wish on a slip of paper and bringing it to the Lantern Making Tent at the start of the Folk Trail. The gathered wishes and fears will be placed on the Fire Sculpture and set ablaze, releasing it all into the night.

You can also join the procession to the BURN which leaves the Lantern Making tent at 7:30 on Saturdays and Sundays. The procession travels across the whole festival site in a captivating spectacle of light.

The procession is accompanied by the wonderful Vagabond Drummers (including Della Letnes, Kirsten Oates, and Anne Vimtrup) plus guests.

Be sure to check the schedule for some post BURN fun and entertainment.

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2024 Fire Sculpture Build Teams

Sat 10 Feb
Bush Fire (Kelowna)

  • Captain: Paulette Deyholos
  • Team: John Deyholos, Fern Deyholos, Sondi Gross, Michael Deyholos

Sun 11 Feb
Free Bird

  • Captain: Steve Pirot
  • Team: Caitlin Larsen, Alysson McKee, Laura Raboud

Sat 17 Feb
Dragons (Facing Our Dragons)

  • Captain: Jeremy Teeuwsen
  • Team: Judah Teeuwsen, Finley Teeuwsen, Seth Teeuwsen

Sun 18 Feb
Pixie Sparkle

  • Captain: Tim Rosen
  • Team: Stirling Schaufele, Matt Charlton


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The mission of the Silver Skate Festival Society is to provide a free family-oriented winter celebration blending sport, recreation, arts and culture, showcasing various skating disciplines and promoting outdoor activities in Alberta.

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