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Lantern Parade set to Light Up Lister Park

Bradford – Over 150 glowing creations and their makers will be setting off for the lanterns parade in Lister Park accompanied by a musical medley from the local bands Northern Lights and Punjabi Roots. They will journey around the park and will end in a flash mob by children from Lister Park Children Centre Cluster.

Reflection 2015 will showcase Festive Entertainment, Street Theatre, Arts & Crafts workshops and a spectacular lantern parade. The event will start at 4pm brings together some of the community arts programmes from across the district. Over last 8 months Reflections Arts in communities’ residencies have been taking place in Holmewood, Ravenscliffe Manningham, Canterbury and Buttershaw involving local communities, artists and art organisations.

Reflections 2015 will also mark the launch of Lister Park Children Centre cluster. The children’s centre cluster work together with a range of partners and agencies to support the work of the children’s centres and also to ensure that they contribute to the local community.

Artworks has been working with community groups in Holme Wood and Ravenscliffe to generate stories which will be told in the bandstand. Come along and share as they tell of adventures, real and imagined, with an alternative look at Bradford’s history.

Cecil Green Arts have been working with children centres, schools and communities from Bradford west drawing upon stories from people, creating small and large scale lanterns for the parade. The parade is a light extravaganza taking you on a journey through the myth and history of the park. There will be opportunities for people to make lanterns throughout the day from12 pm – 3 pm.

There will be variety of activities taking place from 4pm – 6.30 pm including performances by Punjabi Roots, Quawwali by local artists from Shah e Mardan , street entertainment, circus skills workshops, dance workshops and creative art activities led by local artists Uzma Kazi and Lauren Betty

Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times and everyone should wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear for the prevailing weather conditions.

The route is approximately one mile from the Cartwright Hall Museum and will go around Mughal Gardens around the lake, finishing at the Bandstand. The route is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, although this will be dependent on the weather conditions.

Come along and enjoy the fun.

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