The festival of light project has its roots in the traditional bonfire night celebrations and the Celtic fire festival it replaced. Born of a desire to transform the night from one of bangs, flashes and crashes into one of shared community celebration; bringing some light into peoples lives through the lanterns created by the children involved in the lantern workshops.
After six weeks of schools and community lantern workshops the lantern makers of Carrick unite, the drums roll and the ever spectacular free flowing river of light begins to snake its way shoreward through the lined streets of Girvan leaving smiles, dragging all in its wake.
At the shorefront the lantern procession merges with the waiting crowd, the drums slow to a heart beat and CRAGs arts team transform the shorefront with light , fire, dance and music in a festival finale performance spectacular. As the biggest community arts project in the west of Scotland comes to a close the night skies erupt for the bombastic, fantastic fireworks display. The legacy smiles on faces and the question what are we doing next year??
Ten years old this year the Lantern Festival attracts up to 400 lantern makers 7000 willow rods 3500 mtres of masking tape and workshops running from Dunure in the north to Barrhill in the south. 10 years of lantern making in Carrick 10 years of the largest annual community arts project in the south west of Scotland and 10 years of dragons and rocket ships , star systems and windmills , vampire haggis and Tam o Shanter, wending their way through the town to the pulsating south American rhythms of samba.
The carousel spins and in 2013 CRAG will celebrate the seaside fairgrounds of the past , helter-skelter and the fairground carousels, dodgems and sideshows will come to life in a parade of light and sound the like of which has never been seen in the west, transforming Girvan and its shorefront for one night only into a fairground extravaganza with music, light ,and lanterns.
Roll up, roll up for one night only, all the fun of the fair
Roll up, roll up if you dare, with Wurlitzer and waltzer ozone crackle in the air
Roll up, roll up for twinkling lights, candyfloss twirl, swirling music and spinning head
Roll up, roll up for laughter and romance dark corners shadows and whispers secret dread
Roll up, roll up for horses, boats and planes birling around and around to kaleidoscopic sounds
Roll up, roll up for Faces and places, the carousel dream, rocket diving earthward, frightened teenage sssssssscream..
Roll up, roll up for Carnivals and carousels, Carrick Festival of light 2013 memories and moments helter skelter dream
Lantern Workshops September - October
Come and get with it with a withy and make your own lantern for the 10th Carrick Festival of Light Carnivals and Carousels 2013 . Full instruction given and all materials provided , open to lantern makers of all ages . Old clothes should be worn. The 2013 workshop programme is being finalised so watch this Space or phone 01465 715621 contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 2nd November
6.10pm Lanterns Lit Glendoune Centre Piedmont Road Girvan
6.30pm Lantern Procession start Glendoune Centre Piedmont Road Girvan
7.00pm Carnivals and Carousels Finale Performance Louisa Drive Shorefront Girvan
7.30pm Fireworks Louisa Drive Shorefront Girvan
For more information contact the Carrick Rural Arts Group
26 Hamilton Street