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Festival of Light success

Published: 20/10/2016

A free family friendly festival of light projections, artworks, music and activities took place at Basingwerk Abbey, Greenfield, on Saturday 15 October 2016. 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 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 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 and Wales. 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.”