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Leaping Lights Salmon Festival

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Leaping Lights Salmon Festival

Leaping Lights Salmon Festival

Severn Rivers Trust By Severn Rivers Trust

The Leaping Lights Festival is a beautiful parade of salmon lanterns through the town of Newtown, Powys. Children build lanterns and learn about clean rivers. Artists create a spectacle finale.

Newtown Delivery stage

pledged of £12,949

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

The Leaping Lights festival in Dolerw Park Newtown celebrates the migration of the Salmon to local rivers. Over 1000 local people took part in the 2015 event, which brought communities together and visitors to the town. We want this to become a biennial celebration.
Children from local schools, scouts and guides will take part in lantern building workshops, creating a variety of life cycle stages to take part in a parade. The parade ends at an installation of fire display by world renowned artists.
The Severn Rivers Trust organise the event in partnership with Wild Boar Press, Pa-BOOM, RSPB, Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown Town Council, Natural Resources Wales and Articulture.
The leaping lights festival 2015 was breath-taking, and the number of people who took part astonishing. Children taking part will never forget the magical parade and the beautiful sights.

What we'll deliver:

  • Hold the 2016 Leaping Lights Festival - a free entry, family lantern parade in Dolerw Park Newtown on 30th Sep
  • Build a giant mayfly lantern to head the lantern parade at a community workshop
  • Commision internationally renowned fire sculpture artists Pa-BOOM to create a spectacle finale
  • Create a pool of 1000 tealights in the park next to the fire sculpture
  • Run workshops with 6 local schools, art gallery visitors and 4 scout/guide packs, creating around 150 fish lanterns

Why it's a great idea:

This project is particularly important because it uses art to attract the general public, rather than traditional art gallery visitors to an event with a clear message. The message is the importance of our anvient relationship with the wildlife of our rivers. Teaching the next generation about the Salmon and how it is called back to the special place it calls home to lay eggs each year will inspire young people to care for rivers. Last years' Leaping Lights Festival attracted nearly 10% of the population of a rural town and we would love to see this become a regular, sustainable event with a lasting legacy.

Steps to get it done:

  • We have strong links with partner organisations and a track record of deliverying an excellent festival
  • We will advertise the event widely accross social media and newspapers
  • We work with Articulture- our partners who have completed event management plans, risk assessments
  • All local community groups, Town Council and local school Head teachers fully support this project
  • Partners and staff working on this project have regular planning meetings
  • We have a full time project office in post to delivery the project
  • We have contacted the artist to quote for a fire installation - for which we now need funds
  • We have good links with local schools and have booked in lantern making dates already


Location Newtown

About the space

Public park next to the river Severn


Powys County Council

How will the money be spent?Total £12,948

Fire finale spectacle - £6,000 (46%)
Project delivery (staff time) - Severn Rives Trust - £2,500 (19%)
Project delivery -staff time - £1,200 (9%)
Articulture event management - £1,000 (8%)
Mileage - £800 (6%)
Materials for lanterns - £500 (4%)
Publicity - £300 (2%)
Other - £648 (5%)

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.

Fire finale spectacle
Project delivery (staff time) - Severn Rives Trust
Project delivery -staff time
Articulture event management
Materials for lanterns
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £12,948

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