Lantern Parade 2012 to celebrate Chinese New Year and bring local communities together

Lantern Parade 2012 to celebrate Chinese New Year and bring local communities together

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Tunbridge Wells Arts Partnership will hold its fourth annual lantern parade through the town on Saturday 4 February.

As 2012 is the year of the dragon the theme will be Tooth and Claw in celebration of beasts and dragons. Local artist Jane Churchill has been working with schools and community groups to make beautiful and traditional lanterns as well as willow structures which will form part of the parade. The children will showcase their new creations during the Lantern Parade that starts from the library and museum on Civic Way. The lanterns will be carried by the children to the banging of traditional Brazilian drums from Samba band Bloco Fogo as they create a riot of colour, movement and infectious rhythms.

At 5.30pm the parade will set off from Tunbridge Wells Museum on Civic Way, and move through Monson Road and along Camden Road. The parade will finish at St. Barnabas Primary School, where there will be refreshments and a barbeque to raise money for the school.

Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery will also be holding family fun activities from 11am – 4pm where young and old can hunt for the ‘teeth and claws’ and Chinese dragons hidden around the museum and make a mini Chinese lantern to take home. Trinity Theatre will be running a workshop from 3 – 5pm for families to make a shaker to help them find their rhythm when they join the parade later in the day.

All workshops and the events are free, and no booking is required, but children must be accompanied at all times by an adult.

The events are organised by the Tunbridge Wells Arts Partnership, which includes Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Trinity Theatre, CREATE and Kent Adult Education.