A hundred (or more!) children with mums and dads, friends and neighbours, walking to the beat of live drums and music and holding their handmade lanterns in celebration of the season and our life together as a diverse community.
With the guidance of Emergency Exit Arts in Greenwich, we propose to make a community lantern parade where children from local schools and groups learn to build lanterns, then come together with family and neighbours on an evening in late autumn or early winter of 2016 to process together with their lanterns through the streets of Catford South ward.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
There are few local opportunities for children to come together across the usual boundaries of schoolyard, church group or family social gathering. This is a chance for kids to work together on something bigger than themselves, to make something that is a part of a bigger whole, which they can then share with their family and neighbours.
The workshops and parade will be creative, safe, fun. It will be an opportunity for children to develop an understanding of creative processes through practical experience, problem solving, imaginative thought, risk taking, reflection and presentation of their ideas and thoughts.
People across the ward will come together in celebration. They will not be passive spectators, but active participants, enhancing our sense of community through a shared cultural experience.
Steps to get it done:
(Photos by Emergency Exit Arts)
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There have been many beautiful pictures posted and shared of the lantern parade, but I think this one nicely captures the impact we must have made coming down the street. What a beautiful sight. (Thank you Maggie Jary for the photo!) Thank you again, everyone, for your support in making this lantern parade happen. Next week I start to have meetings to discuss the 2nd Annual Catford South Kids' Lantern Parade, so stay tuned, the next round of crowdfunding is about to begin!
I hope you all made it to the parade, because it was amazing!!! What an incredible afternoon - we had over 300 children and their families participating. The energy was so positive, with people coming out of their homes to watch and cheer. It was quite a sight, looking down the hill on Braidwood Road and seeing so many lanterns bobbing along. Magical. The drumming - weren’t South London Samba great?! And the fire performer at Rushey Green, followed by the children singing - all were marvellous! I hope you had a chance to meet and talk with some new people - and I hope you will say hello when you see those now familiar faces walking along the street - don’t pretend you’ve never seen them before! Thank you so much for your help and support in making it happen - it really and truly was a community-led event. Shall we do it again next year?
It's nearly arrived, the lantern parade day! We have one more free lantern-making workshop from 11.30 to 2.30 at the Sandhurst Primary School dining hall (count on an hour or slightly more to make a lantern, working with your child). When you have finished making your lantern, go have a cup of tea and then come back to the Sandhurst playground at 3.50 to collect your lantern which will be rigged with a light and a stick. We will set off - in the groups that we made our lanterns with - at 4.30. Our walk to Rushey Green will take 45 minutes or so. Once there, we have a nice little finale to watch and listen to, then the lanterns get taken apart so the kids can take their creations home. Please bundle up as it looks to be chilly, but dry. Get gloves or mittens for those little hands carrying lanterns! Thank you all for your enthusiasm - see you at the parade!!
Our first public lantern-making workshop is this weekend - Saturday, 12 November at the Healthy Lifestyle Centre on Abbotshall Road from 12.30 to 3.30pm. It's a drop in sessions for kids and their chosen adults. It's free, it's fun - come!! You might meet some nice new people too. If you can't make this session, there will be another one on the day of the parade, Saturday, 19 November - in the Sandhurst Primary School dining hall from 11.30 to 2.30. Emergency Exit Arts artists will be leading both sessions. I have sat in on two of the workshops they have done for schools and they were great at getting the kids interested and engaged in the project. It was exciting and gratifying to see. We're nearly there, can you believe it? Please join us and reap the benefits of this event that you have helped make happen!
In case you have a hard time reading the map I just posted, the route is: Start at Sandhurst School, down Minard Road to Dowanhill Road, then Torridon to Braidwood, Muirkirk, Penberth, Thornsbeach Road to Bargery Road, to Penerley Road, finishing at the infants playground at Rushey Green Primary School. The map also appears on the poster and flyers that are currently being distributed in the neighbourhood. Just over three weeks to go!!!!
Hi Everyone, Preparations are roaring ahead for the First Annual (?!) Catford South Kids' Lantern Parade! We will walk/march/dance through the streets of Catford South on 19 November, a Saturday, from 4.30pm, so please mark your calendars! Our starting point is Sandhurst Primary School and our finale is at Rushey Green Primary School. Last week we had our workshop with Emergency Exit Arts who showed teachers and group leaders how to make the lanterns, so there will soon be lots of kids making lanterns in school and as part of local Scout and Girl Guide groups. There will be two public lantern-making workshops in case your or your neighbour’s child don’t get the opportunity in school - one on 12 November in the early afternoon at the Healthy Lifestyle Centre on Abbotshall Road and the other at Sandhurst school on the day of the parade. We want as many local kids and families as possible to be able to join in on the parade! I will post our route soon for any parade watchers, so you can work out where you want to stake out your preferred spot - though I can’t guarantee that you won’t be pulled into the parade as it goes by!! Thank you again for all your support and making this event possible! All the best, Martha