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Fabulous Festival of Light!

St George\'s Centre celebrates Sittingbourne Festival of Light
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St George\'s Centre celebrates Sittingbourne Festival of Light
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

This Swale Fusion Festival of Light Parade is always a visual spectacular, and this year was the best one yet! Capital Space’s St George’s Business Park was one of the proud sponsors, and we held our lanterns proudly as we walked through the busy town, which draws an estimated 2500 spectators. The streets were packed with amazing lanterns, handmade by local families and school children - a wonderful display of light, laughter and community spirit.

The Swale Fusion Light Parade was brought to life by Gurvinder Sandher, Artistic Director of Cohesion Plus, to bring the local community together to celebrate shared values and light. This was the third year the event has run for the whole town to enjoy, thanks to Kent Equality Cohesion Council in partnership with Cohesion Plus, with the support of Swale Borough Council.

Dancing in the street

The event opened with colourful performances, music and dancing. The Bhangra-inspired routines from Kings of Dhol filled the streets the with the infectious beats from the dhol drum – something the crowd couldn’t resist clapping along to. There was also foot-tapping South American music from Bloco Fogo Samba and the six piece brass band Fat Cat Brass, complete with a towering stilt drummer. Stunning illuminated giant puppets including a fox and a fish, made by Milton-Keynes based Festive Road, completed the visual extravaganza.

Heart of the community

As one of the event sponsors, the team at St George’s Business Park had provided materials to local schools so pupils could make their own lanterns to bring to the festival. Those children taking part worked with artists to design their lanterns around the key themes of respect excellence equality  and friendship , values that were celebrated as part of this festival. Thirteen local schools took part, from Holywell Primary to Westlands Secondary School. The children created some spectacular and imaginative lanterns that were proudly held aloft to light up the night sky. 

Brooke Buttfield, from Swale Borough Council, said: “On behalf of the event organisers, I would like to say a HUGE thank you for St George’s Business Park’s support in sponsoring the Swale Fusion Festival this year. It was by far the best event yet, with an estimated 2500 in attendance! Without your contribution, the community workshop would not have been possible!”

Fantastic firework finale

The lantern parade ended with an exciting firework display at Albany Park. It was a great feeling to see the town come together to enjoy this amazing event; an evening that truly brought light to the whole community.  

We have always seen our role as being an active part of the communities in which our business centres are based, and the Swale Festival of Light epitomises the sort of community spirit that we love to support and celebrate.

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