NOVEMBER BECKONS: TRURO FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

PUBLISHED: 15:34 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 13:15 30 August 2017

Truro’s celebrated City of Lights event has launched a crowdfunding campaign in an attempt to raise up to £3,000 towards the lantern festival

The team behind Truro’s celebrated City of Lights event has launched its first crowdfunding campaign in an attempt to raise up to £3,000 towards the annual lantern festival.

From Wednesday, October 22, supporters of the event can pledge for different donation packages and receive rewards in return – from theatre tickets to a brewery tour and voucher for the Tresanton Hotel – via the Crowdfunder website crowdfunder.co.uk/trurocityoflights

Hundreds of handmade paper lanterns will fill the streets of Truro, created by local professional artists, Cornish school children and local community and youth groups

Now in its 18th year, the event on Wednesday, November 19 starting at 6.30pm, has become a key part of the city’s holiday calendar fostering festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas. It attracts around 25,000 each year.

Alongside grants from Arts Council England, Feast, Totally Truro and Truro City Council, it is hoped that the £2,000 crowdfunding campaign will bring in additional funds, give a boost to the local community and businesses and ultimately be even better and brighter than ever.

If the £2,000 target is reached, it is hoped charity Cornwall Community Foundation will part fund a up to £1,000.

Clare Hearn, fundraiser for City of Lights, said: “This is the first time we have tried a Crowdfunder campaign, and we really need everyone’s financial support to help us sustain this incredible event.

“Tens of thousands of people attend the festival and procession but not everyone realises City of Lights is entirely not for profit and relies on sponsorship and donations.”

“This Crowdfunder campaign aims to make that audience even more part of the event, the public now have the chance to personally support City of Lights at a variety of levels. This is a innovative and fun way to support a community event, with some rewards too.”

Rewards going up for grabs on the City of Lights Crowdfunder campaign include a tour of Skinners Brewery, tickets to a show at Falmouth University’s Performance Centre and a voucher for Hotel Tresanton in St Mawes.

Smaller donations will receive a “thank you” mention on the City of Lights’ Facebook page or a car sticker.

Each year, City of Lights brings a new theme, 2014 being Heroes’ with particular inspiration taken from World War One centenary commemorations. Hundreds of handmade paper lanterns will fill the streets of Truro, created by local professional artists, Cornish school children and local community and youth groups.

Joining the festivities will also be music and dance from Truro School of Samba and other local bands.

Community workshops will also take place on Wed 29 October at Royal Cornwall Museum 10am-4pm and ?Sat 15 November at Truro Community Library 11am-3pm, where members of the public can contribute to making a lantern.

cityoflights.org.uk

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