13th Dec, 2018

Countdown to Bromsgrove's Festival of Light lantern parade

Bromsgrove Editorial 28th Nov, 2018 Updated: 7th Dec, 2018

BROMSGROVE Town Centre will be illuminated  at 5pm on Sunday, December 9, when the annual Festival of Light parade returns, writes Ryan Smith.

The free family event, created by Artrix, NWedR and Bromsgrove District Council, will see paper lanterns lit and paraded through the High Street to celebrate the winter season.

Artrix will be programming the event with last year’s associate artist Kristoffer Huball returning to help create the lanterns. We caught up with him for a video interview and here’s what he had to say:

Bromsgrove Festival of Light – We're joined by artist Kristoffer Huball who has helped community groups design and create their lanterns for next Sunday's parade through the town centre –

Posted by Bromsgrove Standard on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Manchester carnival company Shademakers will take part in the festivals biggest ever parade, which will include music, dancing and costumes.

Workshops have been held at Artrix to get families involved in making the lanterns, with the final two workshops of ‘Lantern Making For The Brave’ taking place this Saturday at 10am and 1pm for those who have booked to take part.

More than double the number of local residents have helped with the lantern making compared to 2017, with 18 schools and community groups taking part including the Brownies and Guides, The Hub’s LGBTQ+ group and The Starlight Cafe.

Coun Karen May, Bromsgrove District Councils Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said she was delighted the High Street would be lit up by both the lanterns and the joy on people’s faces.

Bromsgrove centres manager Cheryl Walsh added it would be special to have so many Bromsgrove residents of all ages and backgrounds involved in a beautiful piece of outdoor theatre.

Kristoffer, said: “We’ve now made 521 lanterns, equalling our total with two weeks to go and we’re projected to finish with a total of more than 800.

“I’m so proud of everyone involved and can’t wait to see them all in the High Street, shining real lights for the warmth of community outdoor art.”

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