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Lamplighter Festival

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Lamplighter Festival

Lamplighter Festival is the Calder Valley's newest annual event and Handmade Parade's latest baby - due to arrive on 23rd November. Handmade Parade are gearing up to create another magical, mystical and scintellating evening based around the myth of the Lamplighter.

"The Lamplighter is an untouchable mysterious figure who will join us as we parade the streets and then 'light the lamps' – a sign to herald back the light and the warmth to the darkest months of the year," Hannah Merriman, Handmade Parade's Co-Ordinator told the HebWeb.

"Join us as we fill the streets of Todmorden with handmade lanterns, fire performers, lit-up street bands, illuminated installations, torch-lit belly dancers and a night market."

The event will feature music by Skiband, Mr. Wilson's Second Liners, Northern Lights Street Orchestra, Handmade Samba and Stilt Batteristas.  And present perfromances and installations by Flame Oz, Walk the Plank, Spacecadets, Thingumajig Theatre, Todmorden Belly Dance and Bryan Tweddle of Winter Light Festival.

There will be open workshops and everyone is invited to come along, make a lantern and join in the parade.  The dates and times are:

Hebden Bridge (5 Victoria Works, Victoria Rd, HX7 8LN)
Sat 16th Nov: 10-12pm and 2-4pm
Mon 18th Nov: 4-6pm
Wed 20th Nov: 4-6pm

Todmorden (Tod High, Ewood Lane, OL14 7DG)
Sat 16th Nov:  10-12pm and 2-4pm
Sun 17th Nov: 10-12pm and 2-4pm
Tues 19th Nov: 4-6pm
Thurs 21st Nov: 4-6pm

The parade starts at 5.30pm from Lever St car park- illuminated performances, installations, street acts and music will take place until 9pm.

Shop owners are being encouraged to think about decorating their windows and staying open late, cafes and bars are invited to think about putting music on that night.  Stallholders selling food, gifts or craft should contact Peter Brennan of to book their stall as soon as possible (peter.brennan@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01706 819731) – we are espcially interested in sellers from the Upper Calder valley.  

Anyone interested in volunteering from handing out flyers and posters, to helping at the art workshops should contact Hannah on info@handmadeparade.co.uk.


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