Festival of Light success
A free family friendly festival of light projections, artworks, music and
activities took place at Basingwerk Abbey, Greenfield, on Saturday 15 October
Over 130 people, mostly children, took part in making floating lanterns with
local artists. The lanterns were then released by artists Ben Davis and Judith
Wood onto a millpond in the Greenfield Park.
Nearly 800 people enjoyed four live acoustic musical acts inside the Abbey
Grounds. Visitors brought picnics or took advantage of the café and barbecue.
Many people took part in a twilight lantern parade and then enjoyed the finale
of the dance performance and projections.
Specialist art installations, dance pieces, film projections, music and
workshops were created by NEW Dance, artists Ben Davis, Judith Wood, Rob
Spaull, Ynyr Llwyd and Honor Pedican specifically for the festival. This was
achieved by working with participants from a range of coastal Flintshire
communities and schools in a variety of activities throughout September.
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 in this way. I am sure that visitors to our
beautiful coastal region enjoyed the event immensely and will return in the
future to explore the full range of visitor attractions Flintshire has to
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 areas economy and its communities.
The festival was organised by Flintshire County Councils 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 Estates marine assets. It is delivered by the Big Lottery Fund on behalf
of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland
Trefor Lloyd Roberts, Arts, Culture and Events Manager said: “We would like to
thank all those who volunteered and who worked on the project to make such a
fantastic event and the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly fantastic.”