Festivals in Cornwall
Last updated: 13/11/2013
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Once again festivals throughout Cornwall promise to offer
so much to enjoy, inspire, celebrate, activate and educate during
2013, so don't miss out and take your pick from the fantastic
If you have a festival or large event that you would like
publicise please contact the Culture Team with the date and details
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Cornwall Film Festival
The Cornwall Film Festival is an annual celebration of Cornish
and international filmmaking. The Festival offers local and
national premieres, professional development workshops, lectures
and parties, providing the opportunity to network with the UK’s
leading industry professionals.
City Of Lights
Nothing heralds the Christmas season quite like the warm glow of
festive lights at 7pm Truro will once again light up in spectacular
fashion as the hugely anticipated City of Lights festival and
parade brings in the crowds. This year spectators will see a
dazzling procession of withy and tissue lanterns float through the
streets, handmade and carried by professional artists, Cornish
school children and local community and youth groups. City of
lights marks the official switch on of Truro’s Christmas lights,
plus music and dance from Truro School of Samba and other local
St Austell Torchlight Carnival
Procession starts 6pm Marking the beginning of winter, a one day
celebration in the china clay capital of Cornwall. What happens?
St. Austell comes alive for the celebrations with a whole day of
entertainment throughout the town, with live bands, stalls, music
and dance and as it gets darker, the tremendous spectacle of the
Torchlight Carnival parades through the town. How can you take
part? Carnival entries assemble for judging from 4.30 pm at John
Keay House and the procession moves off at 6pm, making its way down
through the town to the One Stop Shop for presentation of prizes.
The carnival attracts over 1000 people to join in the procession
and continues to get be bigger, brighter and better every year.
Spectacular lanterns, samba bands and colourful floats make this a
day to remember.
Liskeard Lights Up
Liskeard Lights Up Around Liskeard. During the day, local
children are invited to visit Santa Claus in his grotto on
Liskeard's Fore Street. There will be face painting, opportunities
for children to write that special letter to Santa, and each child
will receive a small present. There will be themed activities
around the town including storytelling and craft activities for
children in Liskeard's Museum on Pike Street. As night falls, the
lantern procession led by Liskeard Silver Band, Father Christmas,
Liskeard Carnival Queen, and a Christmas shadow ‘piccy tree’, will
weave its way from the Cattle Market Car Park through the streets
of Liskeard; local people carrying their spectacular lanterns
inspired by Cornish Christmas tales and traditions. The procession
stops on the Parade in the centre of town where there will be a
sound and light display, the Christmas tree will be lit and there
will be a short firework display. The procession then returns to
the Cattle Market Car Park for dispersal.
This Winter Solstice event revives traditions in Cornwall but in
particular, in West Penwith. It originated as another wonderful
Penzance event to ‘balance’ with the Midsummer’s Golowan Festival.
Reflecting the ‘death’ and ‘rebirth’ of the sun, Rivers of Fire are
created. Lantern-lit processions from different areas of the town,
meet at the highest point, Lescudjack Hillfort, an ancient fortress
site. Here, the community gathers to watch The Lord of Misrule
light the beacon, fireplay, dancing, drumming and the magical,
mischievous Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band. The site is lit by natural
light from the numerous lanterns and torches, crafted in the
previous week at community workshops.
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