Willow Lanterns with the IOM Arts Council

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After two weekends of lantern workshops at Henry Bloom Noble primary school, families gathered with their creations outside the Alpine Café at 6.45pm on 23rd November to parade their lanterns through Strand Street.

Families and people of all ages were invited to participate in the Arts Council's free lantern workshop sessions at Henry Bloom Noble primary in Douglas on the 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th November. Each lantern was made from willow to create a frame and then tissue paper was glued on after. We saw a huge range of designs and sizes from the straightforward to the highly elaborate!

Willow Lantern Workshops held by the Arts Council at Henry Bloom Noble primary school

The parade itself saw a huge turn out and lanterns varied from the very festive, such as presents, candles and stockings, to the weird and wonderful, such as creatures of the sea and cartoon characters from popular video games!

Willow Lanterns at the Parade in Douglas last Thursday 23rd November

The parade was set to coincide with the Douglas Lights Switch-On and Roc Vannin Choir added to the festive atmosphere with songs by the Christmas Tree outside Marks and Spencer's. Late night shoppers paused to watch the lantern parade and cheer the lantern bearers on as they marched to the beat of a large drum.

The parade ended at the Villa Arcade for carols and refreshments with Isle of Man Wind Orchestra who provided lots of festive entertainment ranging from the classics to a medley of tunes from Disney's, Frozen!

The Isle of Man Wind Orchestra at the Villa Arcade, 23rd November 

The Arts Council would like to thank everybody who participated in our annual lantern workshops and parade event. A thoroughly enjoyable time for all the family, perfect to kick start the festive season ahead!

The Port St. Mary Lantern Parade will take place this Friday, 1st Dec. Find out more on the Port St. Mary Commissioners facebook page.

If you'd like to have a go at making a lantern, the Isle Gallery will be holding a willow lantern workshop on the 10th December, find out more here.

If you'd like to apply for funding to run any arts based community workshops take a look at our funding page or get in touch at iomartscouncil@gov.im or by phone +44 1624 694598

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Rheynn Ynsee
Isle of Man Government
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Isle of man Government