It’s finally here! Join us this Saturday (13th Nov) for the Derby Lantern Parade, where lanterns of all shapes and sizes will illuminate a path through Derby city centre, spreading joy as we celebrate being out of lockdown.
More than 250 school pupils (Allenton Primary, Da Vinci Academy, Firs Primary, Grampian Primary and Redwood Junior Schools) and friends from community groups will join us for the Parade leading to Derby’s Christmas lights switch-on, carrying lanterns made in our workshops.
And we want you to join us too! If you have a lantern (LED lights only, no real flames allowed, no glass lanterns) or even come along early to borrow one of ours.
We’ll kick off at 4pm at the Spot Sculpture with the mighty Dhol Drummers performing as we light up our Lanterns, and begin walking together with a trail of dance and music performances along the way, including a finale dance on the Christmas Lights stage!
Surtal Arts have even commissioned a huge lantern sculpture to head up the Parade! Artist, Stephanie Sian Coley, is putting the finishing touches in time for tomorrow.
Detailed info about the Derby Lantern Parade, Covid safety rules and how to join is on our website.
Derby Lantern Parade and Stories of Diwali is part of the Derby Season of Light, created by Surtal Arts, that celebrates our city’s dazzling diversity. Between Oct-Dec 2021 we’ve planned an exciting series of events in close partnership with our cultural partners across Derby and Derbyshire.
Our newest production ‘Stories of Diwali’ premiered last week and has been touring to great reviews!
Catch the final performance next week, Friday 19th November in Belper.
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