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Lamplighter Festival lights up Todmorden

Monday, 19 November 2018


Photo: Ian Hodgson

Hundreds of revellers lined the streets to watch a light, fire and sound extravaganza when the sixth Lamplighter Festival took to the streets of Todmorden on Saturday. Thanks to kind weather the number of people enjoying the event was up from previous years to 8,000.

The festival, produced by Hebden Bridge based Handmade Parade, featured bears, fortune tellers, a big wheel and hula hoopers in a circus themed parade and performance.


Photo: Craig Shaw

The giant illuminated puppets made by the artistic team at Handmade Parade were joined by hundreds of lanterns made at community workshops.

The festival featured a host of local talent including fire performers Dimitri from FlameOz, Jess Rost, Skiband, Handmade Samba, Fat Cat Brass, Orixa Bloco, Todmorden Brass Band and Mr Wilson's Second Liners.

There were also walkabout performances and installations by Spacecadets, Thingumajig and a manc-ician 


Photo: Darren Fleming

Kerith Ogden, Artistic Director of Lamplighter said, "Thanks so much to everyone who was involved - all the musicians and artists, our artistic, production and volunteer teams who have worked their socks off in the last few months, and everyone who made a lantern or came out to sing and dance. It just gets better every year – and this year there was no rain!"


Photo: Darren Fleming

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

Those who took part or watched are being asked for their feedback to help improve and create more events like this: please complete the survey by Friday 30 November