Planning is underway for this year’s Lantern Festival which will take place in Alexandra Park. – Now in its 8th year this is the biggest annual event in North Belfast.

North Belfast Lantern and Magical Festival Day Two (29th October 2015)
Photo: AMMG/Chris Scott

The theme this year will be Star Wars as 2017 marks the 40th anniversary.

If you have a group who would like to take part in some visual art workshops to make various Star Wars themed lanterns/installations for the park/parade please contact Cecilia Heron on 028 90742255 or email cecilia.heron@ashtoncentre.com. The workshops will be taking place from: Monday 18th September – Friday 27th October 2017. We are very keen to encourage cross-community participation. If you are currently working in partnership with another community group we would be happy to organise joint workshops.

Festival details:

Sunday 29th October 2017 – Alexandra Park
11.30am – 3.30pm
Activities will include circus performers, lantern making, music, visual arts, storytelling etc

6pm-8pm
Outdoor cinema

Monday 30th October 2017 – Alexandra Park
11.30am – 3.30pm
Activities will include circus performers, lantern making, music, visual arts, storytelling etc

6.30pm – Lantern Parade departs Girdwood Community Hub at 6.30pm and makes its way to Alexandra Park. We are encouraging as many people as possible to come and watch the parade before entering the park. The parade route will be: Cliftonpark Avenue, down Cliftonville Road, up Antrim Road, down Limestone Road and into Alexandra Park via Mileriver Street.

6pm-9pm – Main event in Alexandra Park
There will be an array of performers, music, food stalls and of course fireworks. Gates open at 6pm. Entrance via Mileriver Street (side of Currie Primary).

If you are going to the event in the park and are not a parade participant you will need to purchase a wristband. These cost £1 and are available from the Ashton Centre, 5 Churchill Street. Wristbands will go on sale on Monday 2nd October.

For more information please contact Cecilia Heron at New Lodge Arts on 90742255 or via email: cecila.heron@ashtoncentre.com

Entry to Alexandra Park on the evening of Monday 30th October will be via Mileriver Street only!