The City of Lights procession includes music, dance, lanterns made by schools and community groups, and of course, the giant artist made lanterns.
These large lanterns are created each year by the City of Lights artists inspired by the year’s theme. There is plenty of room for exploration and imagination, we’ve had a rhino, a giraffe, a squid, the Kings and Queens of England, local historical figures such as Joseph Emedy, as well as Elvis!
Many of the lanterns are sponsored by local businesses and organisations, and then get re-homed after the event. You can see some lanterns all year round at the Lander Gallery (Lemon Street Market, New County Hall and Waterstones. Some lanterns also visit other parades such as Redruth and Falmouth!
Alongside the visual spectacle, City of Lights is a feast of music and dance including samba, brass bands and pipes & drums.
In advance of the procession, there is music throughout the city including performances by school groups and the festivities continue after the procession with more outdoor music performances in various locations.
Truro School of Samba, HayleStorm and other samba bands animate the procession with their fantastic dancers in utterly stunning costumes and we are bringing in more musical elements with street performances. Our celtic traditions are celebrated with Truro Irish Dancers who are new to the parade this year, as well as Kernow Pipes & Drums and Truro Pipes & Drums adding yet another aspect to the celebrations.
“Truro School of Samba represents a great diversity across the Cornish community, all brought together by a love of music, dance and performing, and City of Lights is such a highlight for us each year. As far as costumes go we are well under way now and we’ve been deconstructing last year’s headdresses so we can recycle as much as possible. As well as rehearsing, I’m up to my eyes in sequins at the moment as each new costume has at least 400 sequins that have to be stuck on one by one!”
– Emma Skilton, Artistic Director of Truro School of Samba.
The schools and community side of City of Lights is managed by Kernow Education Arts Partnership www.keap.org.uk. In 2016 over 900 children and members of the community from around Truro took part in the procession!
Each school or group works with one of the City of Lights artists to make small lanterns on the year’s theme and is then part of the massive procession through Truro. It is a real tradition with the Truro schools and children can’t wait til it’s their turn!
Find out more about City of Lights on the website here: http://www.cityoflights.org.uk/
Want to make a lantern? City of Lights are running two workshops on the 10th and 17th of November. Register here: https://crbo.ticketsolve.com/shows/873594786