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Local placemaking agency Paper Whale presents “Fire & Story,” a unique winter event taking place at Bellingham’s Waterfront on January 18-20, 2024.

Presented as a gathering of folk, light, and lore, “Fire & Story” brings a collection of large, unique, and artistically designed sculptural fire pits as the stage for local storytellers. Dispersed across the Bellingham Waterfront as lighthouses, attendees can engage in illuminated stories and gather together in light and warmth during the darkest days in the year.

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With more than 30 unique performances on display, attendees can expect a curated evening with voices from acoustic songwriters, poets, dance troupes, cirque, live blacksmithing, Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribal members and more.

“The editorial team at Bellingham Review is excited to collaborate with Paper Whale to dream up this special event,” said Bellingham Review Editor-in-Chief, Jane Wong. “As a journal that is committed to inclusive community building and innovative literature, we are thrilled to spotlight past Bellingham Review contributors Troy Osaki, Shelby Handler, and Michelle Peñaloza at Fire & Story. Come by and cozy up with poetry by the fire — igniting our hearts, minds, and connections to each other.”

ocal placemaking agency Paper Whale presents “Fire & Story,” a unique winter event taking place at Bellingham’s Waterfront on January 18-20, 2024.

Paper Whale has been activating underutilized spaces in Bellingham with a goal to cultivate community by producing multi-sensory events that inspire and creatively activate placemaking.

The festival is FREE and for all ages and will be held at Bellingham’s Waterfront, between the pump track and the Granary Building at 1140 Granary Avenue.

The event will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For a schedule and description of performing artists, please visit www.paper-whale.com.

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