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Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fete

Funded on Spacehive 7 December 2018

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Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fete

Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fete

Aldgate Community Events By Aldgate Community Events

This year, Aldgate Lantern Parade and Winter Fete are back by popular demand. The vibrant and inclusive community events will be lighting up the area on Friday 7th December 2018

City of London Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 07 Dec 2018!

The free community events will commence with a Lantern Parade involving the spectrum of Aldgate's wider-community. School children, families, residents, community groups, businesses, artists, community organisations and individuals will join the second annual Lantern Parade, which will launch from Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary school playground; weave through the streets of Aldgate and along the High Street to the beat of the Barbican’s Drum Works, and culminate in Aldgate's new public square for the Winter Fete. Aldgate's Winter Fete will spill across the square and into the neighbouring St Botolph without Aldgate church, and will commence with the lighting of the new Christmas tree, which will hold 35,000 lights. The fete will celebrate the winter season with a showcase of the cultures, talent and businesses which comprise the area, and will include performances from choirs and groups from local schools and the wider-community. A fantastic festive evening for all!

What we'll deliver:

  • The building of social cohesion between residents, businesses and organisations
  • A vibrant arts and cultural project which is now an annual event
  • The visibility of the wider community in the area
  • Over thirty free lantern-making workshops for community members
  • Free lantern-making workshops for businesses
  • Free lantern-making workshops for local school children and families
  • Free lantern-making workshops for residents of the City of London
  • Free lantern-making workshops for residents of Tower Hamlets
  • Free workshops, activities, games and performances for community members
  • The opportunity to perform at a high profile public community event

Why it's a great idea:

In 2017, Aldgate Lantern Parade was attended by over two hundred and fifty people from the spectrum of Aldgate's community which spans both the City and Tower Hamlets. School children, families, individuals, businesses and organisations joined the parade, and we are looking to build upon these foundations. The community owned the streets of Aldgate, causing traffic, workers and passers-by to stop and enjoy. The parade has received overwhelmingly positive feedback and we have been asked to make it an annual event. The parade traditionally culminates in a Winter Fete which reinforces the vibrancy and wealth of cultures and characters in the area, which are made visibly by the parade. The fete is an opportunity for members of Aldgate's diverse community to come together and celebrate the festive season in one space: the new Aldgate Square; to share their food, music, arts and stories. We need your support to make this happen!

Steps to get it done:

  • Plan creative workshops across the community
  • Plan creative workshops at three local primary schools
  • Set up a community-focussed Working Group to develop and delivery the projects
  • Build Winter Fete programme out of community groups and performers
  • Deliver open lantern-making community workshops
  • Deliver creative lantern-making workshops in local schools
  • Deliver creative lantern-making workshops with community groups
  • Deliver creative lantern-making workshops with local businesses
  • Organise community focussed food and activity stalls for Winter Fete

The Aldgate in winter’s events are produced by Aldgate Community Events in partnership with the City of London's Stronger Communities programme, Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School, Canon Barnett Primary School, Christchurch C of E Primary School, Artizan Street Library and Community Centre, Kahaila Aldgate, St Botolph's without Aldgate, The Aldgate Partnership, Middlesex Street Estate residents, Mansell Street Estate residents, Golden Lane Community Centre, Toynbee Hall, Tower Bridge, and many more local organisations, individuals and businesses.

Location City of London

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How will the money be spent?Total £4,151

10 x Community workshops (based on 2 x facilitators @ £100/workshop) - £2,000 (48%)
Support from school teachers/group leaders - £1,500 (36%)
5 x workshops for community groups (based on 1 x facilitator @ £100/workshop) - £500 (12%)
Other - £151 (4%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

10 x Community workshops (based on 2 x facilitators @ £100/workshop)
Support from school teachers/group leaders
5 x workshops for community groups (based on 1 x facilitator @ £100/workshop)
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • We would spend additional funding on further workshops, increasing the outreach within the community, as well as support for community performers at the fete

Total £4,151

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