November 9th, 2023.

Haven Young Creatives, a local community arts organisation, invites you to join a magical lantern-lit parade this winter. Accompanied by folk musicians and singers, the parade will make its way along Newhaven’s West Quay on the evening of Sunday, the 26th of November.

The project was conceived by Siou Hannam, a director at Haven Young Creatives, who has a history in outdoor theatre and participatory events. She had seen how lantern processions bring joy into a community, and together with her co-director Bex Milner, felt that Newhaven deserved its own celebratory winter parade.

The pair teamed up with Patrick Bullock, an experienced artist in the field of outdoor events, to deliver the project, and were blown away by the enthusiastic reception. The lantern-making workshops booked up within two days, and the team hope to gain funding to make Harbour Lights an annual event.

The second lantern-making workshop will take place on Sunday the 26th of November, just before the parade. It’s currently booked up, but you can join a waiting list HERE and you’ll be notified if places become available. Lanterns lit, the parade will set off from the Hillcrest Centre in Bay Vue Road, Newhaven, at 5.00pm. Everyone is invited to join in at Huggetts Green, on Newhaven’s West Quay, shortly after 5.00pm and join in the singing as they process along the riverside to the RNLI station.

This event - the latest in the BN9 Programme of creative events - is one of many hosted by Haven Young Creatives, who bring local young people together to explore their creativity with regular free drama sessions for ages 8-18. Harbour Lights is made possible by grants from the Newhaven Arts Growth Fund, and the town council via Newhaven Festival. The Newhaven Arts Growth Fund, which is now in its second year of funding from the Newhaven Enterprise Zone, has awarded grants to five grassroots arts projects this year, demonstrating the commitment to fostering arts and culture in and around the town.

To find out more about Haven Young Creatives, or to join their regular drama sessions, find them on Facebook at Haven-Young-Creatives and instagram at haven.youngcreatives
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