Plea For Help With Island Lantern Parade

christmas lanterns 2012The Island Light Festival, a parade of lantern and shadow puppets, will take place on St Mary’s for a third time next year.

But the size of February’s event will depend on whether islanders can donate a fortnight’s worth of free accommodation for the five visiting artists and instructors.

Reg Payne from the Cornwall-based Articulate Collective says that the islands’ Council has previously covered flight and housing costs, but Town Hall cutbacks mean that they won’t be able to pick up those expenses for the 2016 event.

And whilst Reg’s colleagues are in the process of applying for an Arts Council grant, he says that the funding body won’t pay for places to stay.

Project organisers hope to bring a writer to Scilly, who will help school pupils with poetry and literacy skills. That’s planned to happen from Saturday 6th February.

During the half-term break, the artists will help the children to make lanterns and shadow puppets before the evening parade along The Strand, scheduled for Saturday 20th February.

The festival programme will also include singing sessions and choral events with the kids.

Reg says the artists will definitely be putting on something special but the numbers of artists who can be accommodated will limit the range of skills taught and the variety of the programme.

If you can help you’re asked to email Reg at