Dartmouth Academy lights up for the festivities
DARTMOUTH Academy is helping festive festival Candlelit Dartmouth to organise lantern-making workshops in the run-up to this year’s event.
The festivalwill take place in Dartmouth on Friday November 30 and Saturday December 1, and the centrepiece of the Saturday event is a lantern procession featuring hundreds of children carrying lanterns they had a hand in building themselves.
The Academy’s art department has always helped facilitate some workshops for the event, but this year Head of Art Nicola Perrott has taken on the organisation of all the worksops, including those open to the public.
The first workshop, involving more than 20 members of the Academy’s Years Five and Six, took place on Monday October 1 in the school’s sculpture studio with Mrs Perrott, class teacher Bonnie Chivers and Candlelit Dartmouth Chairman Steve Thomas assisting. The children made eight ‘pyramid’ style lanterns and also helped create a large star-shaped lantern, which will be carried by a number of them in the special procession on December 1.
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Mrs Perrott said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Candlelit Dartmouth, which has grown into a very important community event over the last few years. We are encouraging as many children from our school and the other schools in the area as possible to take part and help create a brilliant atmosphere on the night with the procession.
“Lantern-making is a really fun exercise and when we hold our public workshops in November it would be brilliant to get many families up here at the Academy building them together – it’s great fun and the parade will be full of families starting off the festive season together.”
The Friday of the festival will see a market in the Royal Avenue Gardens and Father Christmas arrive by boat to turn on the town’s Christmas lights. The Saturday will feature events and workshops at the Flavel, markets in the Royal Avenue Gardens and in Flavel Square and hopefully other activities in the Old Market leading up to the procession in the evening.
Mr Thomas said: “We are delighted to be working with the Academy and are all very excited about this year’s event – we are hopeful it will be the biggest ever and really set off the festive season with a bang.”