Crawley Borough Council has been awarded £15,000 Arts Council England National Lottery funding to help stage a major 70th birthday event.
Working with producers Same Sky and Cohesion Plus, the council will stage The BIG Seven-0, a cultural event taking place on Saturday 25 November in Memorial Gardens to celebrate the New Town’s 70th birthday.
The funding has been granted from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, a programme for creative activities that engage people in England and help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work.
The BIG Seven-0 will harness the cultural diversity of the town that engages children, young people and families in a celebratory way; independent artists and established and emerging community groups will explore the cultural heritage of the town – past, present and future.
Crawley has an ever-changing, vibrant and diverse cultural landscape. This will be captured by our artistic collaboration with Same Sky and Cohesion Plus who have a long track record of working in the south east using the arts to promote cohesion and shared values, showcasing artistic excellence in the areas where they work.
The producers aim to create a celebratory event that fuses cultures and helps give space to a new Crawley cultural identity.
An outreach phase with local schools and community groups will draw on the arts activity that is currently being generated throughout the town and this in turn will give shape to The BIG Seven-0, featuring music, dance and theatre from both community and professional artists.
Councillor Michael Jones, Cabinet member for Community Engagement, said: “The Big Seven-0 provides an opportunity for our schools and local groups to work with professional and community artists to work together to create a visible and engaging event inspiring the town.
“This event will be a great way to celebrate the 70th birthday of Crawley’s New Town.”
Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said: “This Arts Council England funding will help us create an exciting event that builds on our thriving cultural offer. The Big Seven-0 promises to be a fantastic celebration.”
A FREE festive event for all the community!
We’re working with local school children, making lanterns, to create a Winter Light Procession. Come along and see their lanterns as well as lots of beautiful lit pieces.
You can also browse stalls, enjoy carol singing music, entertainment, arts and crafts, festive food, and traditional children’s fairground and grotto.
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Experience the magic of Wakehurst’s winter landscape after-dark on an exquisite lantern and fire lit journey through our extraordinary gardens and the grounds of our spectacular Elizabethan mansion.
Become part of a lantern lit trail that takes your sights and senses on a voyage through fiery celestial meadows, flotillas of fire and star lit ponds to beautiful lantern laden midnight gardens. Absorb the architectural beauty of the 16th century mansion before marvelling at the UK’s tallest living Christmas tree and enjoy toasting marshmallows or chestnuts over giant fire bowls with hot chocolate or mulled wine in hand.
Festive food and drink will be available and late night opening of our Visitor Centre shop, so arrive early or stay on after your designated trail time to relax and enjoy Wakehurst after dark or get some Christmas shopping all wrapped up for friends and family.
This beautiful, festive, family friendly event has sold out each year so book early to avoid disappointment.
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Burning the clocks relies on crowd support to make sure the event happens every year. In exchange for your support we can offer a range of benefits such as exclusive hand made personalised lanterns to carry in the parade, VIP viewing tickets, joining us on the beach, large family lanterns and even lighting the BTC bonfire right in the heart of the action! For full details click here to visit our crowdfunding page.
For two decades, Burning the Clocks has become a special date in Brighton’s calendar. Taking place on the winter solstice, this fantastical procession brings magic to the streets, with a stream of luminous lanterns and a spectacular 2,000-strong parade.
When the winter carnival has wound its way to the beach, people pass their handmade paper and willow lanterns – filled symbolically with their hopes and dreams – into a blazing bonfire and prepare for the spectacular fire show and firework display.
Held on the shortest day (longest night) of the year, this growing tradition marks the passing of time by ‘burning the clocks’ and welcoming in the new sun. With over 20,000 spectators, this popular event turns the spotlight away from the more commercial side of Christmas and lights up the darkest of winter nights.
Burning the Clocks was created by Same Sky in 1994 as a way for the whole community to enjoy the festive season, regardless of faith or creed. Each year a new theme, related to the concept of time, is incorporated into the event to bring new and exciting elements.
As part of the event, Same Sky carries out free lantern-making community workshops for local community groups. Some of those we work with are homeless young people, single fathers, and young carers. We encourage them to make something they are proud of, fire them up with creative passion and bring them together with their community through the shared experience of art.
For more info on attending the event click here.