Ninth Dartford Festival of Light returns this weekend

PUBLISHED: 16:11 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:11 17 October 2017

Dartford Festival of Light 2016. Photo: Cohesion Plus

Dartford Festival of Light 2016. Photo: Cohesion Plus


The event aims to bring communities together

The skies above Dartford and the streets below will be lit up this weekend as an annual community event returns.

The Dartford Festival of Light, now in its ninth year, takes place on Friday, October 20 between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Aimed at bringing communities together through the arts, the event, organised between Cohesion Plus and Kent Equality Cohesion Council with support of Dartford council and Arts Council England.

Around 450 pupils from nine schools are already working on creating lanterns and displays for the festival’s parade through the town centre.

Led by mayor of Dartford Rosanna Currans, artistic director of Cohesion Plus, Gurvinder Sandher and Dartford council leader Jeremy Kite, the parade will start on One Bell Corner in the High Street, travelling via Hythe Street, the Orchard Shopping Centre and Market Street to Central Park where it will stop at the bandstand.

After a series of short performances and presentations to the schools, fireworks will fly above the park.

Other performances will include African and Asian drumming and stilt walkers, while Samba drummers Bloco Fogo will perform outside Dartford train station.

Ahead of Friday’s celebrations, Mr Sandher said: “I am very grateful for the ongoing support provided by Dartford Borough Council and local schools which has allowed the Dartford Festival of Light to become one of the key annual arts celebrations in the borough.

“I believe events like this are important not only to showcase the positive contributions the arts can make in bringing communities together, but also as a means of celebrating our shared values which make Dartford the borough that it is.”

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