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Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival 2023

Funded on Spacehive 12 September 2022

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Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival 2023

Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival 2023

Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival By Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival

Bringing back the West Yorkshire village of Slaithwaite’s spectacular lantern festival in February 2023.

Slaithwaite Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 12 Sep 2022!

Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival is a festival of light, where wonderful illuminated willow lanterns light up the streets and crowds come together is a spectacular fire finale with music and street performance to celebrate a popular legend. Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival has been running since 1985, by Satellite Arts and Slaithwaite Community Association, and is now a charity in its own right. Due to funding cuts and covid 19, the festival has been unable to take place since 2017. The village has been fundraising through a “Lunar Levy” scheme to bring back the main festival, which has raised some funds but Moonraking needs YOUR help now to make this happen! We’re asking for individuals to donate what they can afford and for groups, schools and businesses to run creative fundraising events to make this happen. We can then get matching funds from trusts and foundations to reach our target. Together we can do this! Let’s rake the moon again in 2023!

What we'll deliver:

  • Lantern making workshops for families
  • A parade of lanterns throughout the village
  • Spectacular firework finale with live music
  • Outdoor entertainment on the evening of the parade
  • Positive press and media coverage to the village
  • New visitors to the village
  • Fringe Performances and Storytelling
  • Creative training and workshadowing opportunities for young people

Why it's a great idea:

The event brings the community together at a dark time of year for an affirming celebration of light, warmth and creative spirit. It issues a creative challenge to individuals, families and groups to make lanterns and offers themes, full support, materials and artists to help and inspire. Every penny invested in the festival will feed directly into our local economy. The funds we raise will buy quality materials, expert professional help, training for volunteers and the very best health and safety for everyone taking part. Professional artists create centrepiece lanterns and the parade features both local groups and professional musicians and street performers. Young artists are also offered shadowing and development opportunities as part of the festival.

Steps to get it done:

  • Full Festival Parade Saturday 18th February 2023
  • Community Lantern workshops Monday 13th - Friday 17th February 2023
  • Buying materials for lantern workshops January/February 2023
  • Planning road closures, stewarding, health and safety of parade from November 2022
  • Planning PR and social media strategy from September 2022
  • Inviting local business and organisations to make lanterns and decorate spaces from September 2022

The Moonraking Festival has been running since 1985, but due to funding cuts and covid 19 has been unable to take place since 2017. It costs a lot of money to keep everyone safe. Insurance costs are rising, health and safety need to be done professionally and our volunteers need support and training to make the event successful. We use locally based creative practitioners and suppliers wherever possible. We pay professional artists to give creative direction and pass on the skills in our workshops. We also work with local schools and support local young people in gaining new skills. Moonraking attracts thousands of visitors, brings national media coverage to our area, supports local businesses and is great fun for everyone taking part.

Location Slaithwaite

About the space

Slaithwaite, Colne Valley, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire


Kirklees Council

How will the money be spent?Total £28,413

Event Management/Stewarding/equipment/safety - £7,200 (25%)
Lantern workshops artists fees - £3,100 (11%)
Firework finale Paboom - £3,000 (11%)
Finale Soundscape and processional bands - £2,000 (7%)
Insurance - £1,500 (5%)
Project Producer 10 days @£150 - £1,500 (5%)
Rent Store Room & Watershed - £1,500 (5%)
Lantern workshop venue hire - £1,500 (5%)
Materials - £1,200 (4%)
Admin/co-ordination 10 days @£100 - £1,000 (4%)
Other - £4,913 (17%)

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.

Event Management/Stewarding/equipment/safety
Lantern workshops artists fees
Firework finale Paboom
Finale Soundscape and processional bands
Project Producer 10 days @£150
Rent Store Room & Watershed
Lantern workshop venue hire
Admin/co-ordination 10 days @£100
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Finale moon lantern design and construction
  • Web and social media marketing
  • Lantern volunteer training
  • Print media
  • Contingency
  • Accountancy
  • VAT
  • Project evaluation
  • License
  • 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:

  • Extra workshops - schools activities - storytelling - materials
  • Extra bands - street professional lanterns - fireworks - Community Ceilidh/cabaret
  • Apprentice lantern artists programme - downloadable resources - evaluation - photography - video documentation - press and marketing support

Total £28,413

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Local groups and businesses to run small (and fun!) fundraising activities to help to feed our campaign. The more creative and visual the better. Please send us photos and we will share on our social media!
  • Some portaloos would be really helpful - local businesses are very kind, but the queues for the loo have been long!
  • Volunteer stewards and lantern helpers
  • Musicians, performers, photographers, video makers, storytellers and creative souls - please tell us how you'd like to be involved!

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