Basingwerk Abbey Festival of Light
A free family friendly festival of light projections and activities will take
place at Basingwerk Abbey, Greenfield, on Saturday 15 October 2016.
This year’s Festival of Light will showcase the assets, environment and
heritage of the Flintshire coast.
The event starts at 4pm and ends at 7:30pm and is free of charge. There will be
the chance to take part in lantern-making and percussion workshops with local
artists, to listen to live acoustic music, bring a picnic or enjoy an on-site
BBQ, take part in a twilight lantern parade and then enjoy the finale of the
dance performance and projections, which will have all been created leading up
to the event.
Specialist art installations, dance pieces, film projections, music and
workshops are being created by NEW Dance, artists Ben Davis, Judith Wood, Rob
Spaull, Ynyr Llwyd and Honor Pedican specifically for the festival. This will
be achieved by working with participants from a range of coastal Flintshire
communities and schools in a variety of activities throughout September.
Live music from local acoustic musicians, on stage inside the abbey, plus a
twilight lantern parade will add to the atmosphere at the free festival for all
ages to create an encounter that it is hoped will give people a new perspective
on the region’s history and landscapes, inspire creativity in the region and
encourage people to explore the coast.
Flintshire County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor
Derek Butler, said:
“We are proud to be showcasing our diverse, attractive and vibrant coastal
communities and associated heritage as the main feature during the Basingwerk
Festival of Light. I am sure that visitors to our beautiful coastal region
will enjoy the event immensely and return in the future to explore the full
range of visitor attractions Flintshire has to offer.”
A Big Lottery Fund spokesperson, said: “Coastal Communities share a strong
sense of place and the funding for this event will have a positive impact on
the local area’s economy and its communities.”
The festival is being organised by Flintshire County Council’s arts, culture
and events team with financial support from the Coastal Communities Fund and
Cadw. The Coastal Communities Fund is funded by the Government with income from
the Crown Estate’s marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on
behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland,
Scotland and Wales.