Amble Festival of Light kick-starts Great Northumberland Winter Festival

The Great Northumberland Winter Festival programme of events has been announced.

Saturday, 28th November 2020, 7:00 am

A total of 20 events have received funding through the Northumberland Cultural Fund (NCF), led by the county council, and will be part of the Great Northumberland Winter Festival.

Whilst the coronavirus pandemic may have put a stop to many physical events taking place this year, the council was committed to continuing to support the cultural sector in helping to create online and socially distanced events.

The events will take place between November 2020 and March 2021.

Amble Festival of Light is part of the Great Northumberland Winter Festival.
Amble Festival of Light is part of the Great Northumberland Winter Festival.

As a result of Covid many of the events will focus on supporting isolated communities or bringing events into people’s homes via video or online streaming.

The first of the events kicked off last week with the Amble Festival of Light. Individuals, groups, streets, care homes and schools in the town were invited to light up Amble and fill the windows of their homes with illuminated illustrations, installations and lanterns depicting their favourite myth or legend.

There are now more than 650 participants with everything from mermaids to dragons being displayed in windows as well as original myths written and illustrated by the community, including one which explores a personal experience of dementia via story telling.

Organised by the Dry Water Arts Centre the event has also received funding from the Amble Events Team and Arts Council England.

Frances Anderson, of the Dry Water Arts Centre said: “Normally we would hold a Light Parade in the town, which attracts thousands of people every year but when we realised we wouldn’t be able to do that we wanted to organise something which could still bring people together in a socially distanced way.

“We have held online workshops to help people with their designs and given people lantern kits so they can bring them to life. Our dementia positive group have put many of the kits together which have been delivered by community volunteers and street co-ordinators. The support has been phenomenal, and as ever the people of Amble have shown their true community spirit and have come together to spread joy and creativity to light up lockdown .”

To find out more and to see some of the window displays go to www.drywaterarts.uk/amble-light-festival-2020

For more details visit www.greatnorthumberland.co.uk

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