Blackburn Festival of LightWhen?
Saturday, 16th December, 2017
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Blackburn Town Centre
The festival takes place on Saturday 16th December between 3.30pm and 7pm with an exciting new programme of entertainment, enhanced community involvement and a revised timetable of events.
An additional £15,000 funding from Arts Council England to the Blackburn BID and a £10,000 Awards for All grant to the Blackburn Festival of Light means that organisers are looking forward to involving more community groups and an exciting artistic programme.
The Community Carol Concert at Blackburn Cathedral will take place at the beginning rather than at the end of the festival, starting at 3.30pm. The Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen will be joined by celebrity guest, Reverend Kate Bottley who is a well-known on television and radio including BBC Radio 2 and Channel 4’s Gogglebox.
As the congregation leave the Cathedral at 4.30pm, the excitement will build on Church Street with performers and lantern carriers preparing for the procession. The lantern parade will begin on Ainsworth Street at 5pm and take a new circular route along Exchange Street and King William Street to Sudell Cross, around Blakey Moor and Northgate, ending outside the Town Hall for the street party, with music, light up performances and projections and spectacular fireworks.
TIMETABLE OF EVENTS
10:00AM STREET FOOD – On King William Street (Open until 7pm)
3:30PM COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE at Blackburn Cathedral
4:30PM Lantern Parade and Light Performers begin to gather around Church Street, Blackburn
5:00PM THE LANTERN PARADE
5:45PM LIGHT AND FIRE PERFORMERS with Street Food and Drink around the Town Hall on King William Street
6:45PM THE CHRISTMAS FIREWORKS at the Town Hall.
7:00PM Event Ends