Newtown and Llanwchairn Town Council and Celf your Health are very excited to reveal the plans for the Winter lights switch-on in Newtown this year.
Local arts and wellbeing company Celf Your Health have been awarded a small grant from National Lottery Community funding to bring together an exciting celebration event for Newtown’s Winter Lights switch on this November.
Celf Your Health directors Charlotte Woodford and Hazel Osborne Maddocks are planning a choreographed flash mob and a whole town DIY samba band made from what people can grab in their homes, whilst Jo Munton of Vagabondi Puppets will be supporting people to make colourful lanterns to ‘light up’ the town.
‘We are creating an event which can be flexible within COVID guidelines – and this will constantly evolve,’ says Hazel Osborne Maddocks, co-director of Celf Your Health and Zu-Aerial. ‘Lots of people have spoken of wanting something that brings the community together, and a light parade has been mentioned many times. We’re looking to create a massive party – inside and outside homes in whatever way is possible and we want the whole community to come together and be involved’
The company will be looking for volunteers across areas including stewarding, fundraising, creative champions who will help to lead, support and encourage others, and performers drawn from the rich local talent available to make a programme of live streamed performances such as DJs, gymnastics, singers, poets, choirs, comedy, bands etc going on into the evening.
‘Last year we put out a survey and from December ran a project in 14 schools and organisations across Newtown, introducing people to a variety of art forms and asking what they would like for the Newtown Light Switch on this year,’ says Charlotte Woodford, co-director of Celf Your Health and director of Newtown’s Hafren Community Choir. ‘The response to this project was fantastic, but sadly we couldn’t complete the planned community exhibition and final consultation day at the Oriel Davies Gallery because we suddenly found ourselves in lockdown. Despite this, we feel confident we got a good sense of what people have enjoyed in past winter events and they would like to see again!’
Newtown and Llanwchaiarn Town Council are excited about the creative ideas the company have put forward, describing them as going ‘above and beyond’ and ‘really exciting and innovative ways of doing things differently’. And although the project funding is a small scale grant the companies vision is large scale.
So- If you have skills to offer and want to help make this a magical occasion for the whole town, please find Celf Your Health on Facebook and watch this space!