Nothing heralds the start of the festive season quite like the magical event of Truro’s midwinter lantern festival.
One of the most anticipated family events in Cornwall’s festive calendar, the City of Lights is a vividly creative celebration incorporating art, music, dance and, as its name suggests, light.
The event features a dazzling procession of giant handmade withy and tissue lanterns floating through the streets carried by professional artists accompanied by a host of smaller lanterns carried by Cornish school children and local community and youth groups. Every year the procession has a different theme and is escorted by 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 at various locations.
“This is one of the most popular nights in Truro’s calendar which brings the community out into town on a dark wintry evening with a sense of awe and pride. In order for it to be sustained for the next twenty years, it needs the people of Truro and the visitors to better support it through giving more. If we collaborate together we can continue to create and enjoy one of the biggest spectacles outside of the big cities.” Neil Scott, BID Manager.