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Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival

Monday, 30 October 2017

The Calder Valley will be treated to a fire and light extravaganza when the Lamplighter Festival returns to Todmorden next month.

Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival

Hebden Bridge based Handmade Parade have announced that the Lamplighter Festival will take place on Saturday 25th November with proceedings kicking off at 5pm, the parade at 6pm and a host of fire shows, illuminated installations and street theatre taking place from 7-8.30pm.

Hundreds of people from Todmorden and the rest of the Calder Valley are expected to attend the open lantern making workshops which will begin on November 11th and organisers are appealing for volunteers to help make the festival a night to remember.

There is also a fantastic opportunity to take part in dance workshops to perform in the parade; for more details check the Handmade Parade website or email.

Todmorden's Lamplighter Festival

Anyone who would like to help out at the open workshops, help artists create fabulous lantern creations or help on November 25th with preparations, carrying art in the parade or stewarding volunteer@handmadeparade.co.uk

Kerith Ogden, Artistic Director of this year’s Lamplighter Festival, said: “We’re excited to be bringing Lamplighter back! It’s going to be a day packed with Todmorden and the Calder Valley at its finest: music, fire and light performances, projections and of course our giant lantern puppets all washed down with a hot cuppa and some yummy grub!”

It will be an exciting and busy day for Todmorden with the Christmas Lights being switched on at 4 pm and a busy Todmorden market.

Previous Lamplighter festivals have proved a huge hit with the thousands who watched and took part.

This year’s Lamplighter Festival has been made possible with funding from Todmorden Town Council, Calderdale Council, The Big Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Community Foundation for Calderdale.