Festival of Light shines in the rain

Lantern parade and entertainment lights up a January afternoon

Judith Wood with Seren and Lois and their lanterns

January is rich in cultural traditions such as Three Holy Kings, Y Fari Lwyd, Chinese New Year and Hen Galen, which have originated from many places and peoples and are celebrated in Wales. On a wet and dark afternoon last month Mold also celebrated with the first Festival of Light to be held in the Town. Before the parade there were excellent live performances in the Daniel Owen Centre, whilst children got creative making their lanterns.

Cambria Band led the parade from the Square to St Mary’s Church, as it was too wet for Bailey Hill. Inside the church were three amazing light sculptures created by artist Ben Davies for a festival held at Basingwerk last October.

The Festival of Light was organised by a small group of volunteers from Cittaslow Mold, Menter Iaith Sir y Fflint and Mold Town Council with the help of many others. All the performers gave their time and St Mary’s was a welcoming wet weather venue.

The event was a fundraiser for this year’s Bailey Hill Festival, which will be held on Sunday 11 June. If you would like to be involved as a volunteer, performer or stall holder please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

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