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Cheriton Light Festival, Folkestone

Date uploaded: February 11, 2013

Cheriton Light Festival, Folkestone
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February 2013

This is a first for Cheriton. The next installment of the Cheriton Artland programme continues in 2013 with a weekend festival of light and fire. Over two consecutive nights on 23rd and 24th February the Kent Garrison town of Cheriton will become the must see destination, where a programme of new artworks will be displayed in the centre of the town for everyone to experience and enjoy. International artists will be working with Strange Cargo to deliver this event, including Ross Ashton, Karen Monid, Tine Bech, Andrew Baldwin and Greg Stobbs to name just a few.

Cheriton Artland: Cheriton Lights Saturday Night Festival
Saturday 23 February 2013
From 4pm to 9pm, Cheriton High Street is the place to be seen. Wrap up warm and come and along and join in this great free event.

Cheriton Lights Festival: Sunday Lantern parade
Sunday 24 February 2013


Following the spectacular light based artwork installations on Saturday 23rd February, the chilly night air of Sunday 24th February will be charged by with a second night of excitement. This time there will be fire and drums to set the heart racing. The Cheriton Light Festival will be a time of beauty, dark skies, burning phoenix, exploding pyrotechnics and the exhilarating gathering of a whole community to celebrate together.

From 5.15pm a procession of over 300 candle lit paper pyramids and beautiful sculptural lanterns created by local young people in workshops will set off, reclaiming the streets of Cheriton for the night for people. serenaded by the amazing rhythms of international drumming bands Batala and Bloco Fogo, who will be pounding out their crazy rhythms to carry the parade from St Georges Road, along Cheriton High Street to Stanley Road and the finale in Cheriton Recreation Ground. The audience will be treated to the most spectacular finale, and those who will have braved the chill night are in for a magical sight of a giant sculptural bonfire in the form of a Phoenix, built in the grounds of the park - awaiting to be burned amidst a cacophony of drums and fireworks. Be there!!

Strange Cargo wishes to sincerely thank the generous sponsors of the Cheriton Light Festival, without whose support this amazing free event could not take place: Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, The Tory Family Foundation, Shepway District Council, Kent County Council and Interreg European Funding.  The Cheriton Lights Festival was selected under the European cross-border cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) - England, co-funded by the ERDF.

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