January can often be a dark, quiet month after all the festivities of Christmas and New Year, but a new event in the Mold calendar is set to brighten this winter month up in 2017. Come and join us for a magical Festival of Light with a procession, live music and story telling, lantern making and mulled wine.
On Sunday 15 January 2017 there will be live entertainment, including music and story telling with mulled wine, and lantern making, from 3.30 to 4.30pm in the Daniel Owen Centre, Mold CH7 1AP. Followed by a magical lantern parade which starts at 4.30pm in Daniel Owen Square and wends its way up to Bailey Hill with more entertainment along the way.
Ines Reilly, one of the organizers, said “Everyone is invited to take part or just to come and watch. People can bring their own lanterns, or make one during the event – all the materials that you need to make a plastic bottle lantern will be provided and there will be help on hand too. If you are bringing your own lantern please use battery operated string lights, LEDs, or a torch, no candles are allowed in the parade. There will be a prize for the best lantern.
We have invited local schools and community groups to make their own lanterns and come along – following the star in the procession.”
This season of the year is rich in cultural traditions such as Y Fari Lwyd, Chinese New Year, Three Holy Kings, Mid Winter and Hen Galan, which have originated from many places and peoples and are still celebrated in Wales. The live entertainment at the Festival of Light will bring together some of the stories, myths and legends of our rich heritage and culture, with something for all ages to enjoy.
The Festival is being organised by a small group of volunteers from Cittaslow Mold, Menter Iaith Sir y Fflint and Mold Town Council, supported by Spavens Sweet Shop in Mold. The event is the first fundraiser for this year’s Bailey Hill Festival, which will be held on Sunday 11 June from 1pm to 6pm on the historic Bailey Hill in Mold.
The Festival of Light is free to attend and donations and sponsorship are welcome. Further details from Mold Town Council on 01352 758532