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Rendering of “Fountain of Light” installation designed by Quixotic for Powell Gardens’ “Festival of Lights: Enchantment,” illuminated by Evergy.

Powell Gardens Partners with Leading Performing Arts Presenters for Festival of Lights: Enchantment

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – For the first time, Powell Gardens’ annual “Festival of Lights” will feature presentations by some of the area’s leading cultural organizations. The Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Kansas City Ballet will perform at the Gardens on select evenings. Quixotic will activate the Fountain Garden with a dynamic light installation that will be on view every night of the festival, which begins November 13 and runs through January 3. All offerings are included with festival admission ($12 general admission; $5 children under 5–12; Free for members and children under 4; Discounts for seniors and active military).

“As we began programming the ‘Festival of Lights’ during this difficult and unusual year, we strove to strengthen the connections and the mutual support between cultural organizations that have faced immense challenges due to COVID-19,” said Tabitha Schmidt, Powell Gardens C.E.O./President. “While Powell Gardens is not immune to the impacts of the pandemic, we are fortunate to be able to provide an outdoor venue for a high level cultural experience, and we are thrilled to partner with these luminaries in our community for the ‘Festival of Lights’.”

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Media & Mentions

Kansas City Magazine – August 2020

Feast magazine – May 28, 2020

Kansas City Star – March 26, 2020

Daily Star Journal – October 2, 2019