Winter Lights – Re-awakening the Dragon


Celebratory arts organisation Same Sky is working with local schools and community groups to create a special outdoor community event for Milton Creek Country Park.

In the run up to the event Same Sky, with Sheppey-based group Big Fish Arts, is putting together a programme of participatory workshops in schools and with community groups to create lanterns and light sculptures based on creatures and plant life native to the site.

 

 

Additionally, outdoor fire drawing workshops will be happening in and around the Park that are open to all and free of charge. These are being held on:

  • Saturday 19 November from 11am – 4pm at The Green, Newman Drive, Kemsley
  • Saturday 26 November from 11am – 4pm at Milton Creek Country Park itself.

The local community and wider public are invited to gather with the project participants on the newly created Country Park at 6pm on Friday 2 December.

To the sound of drums, a procession of lantern bearers will guide the assembled throng on a magical, illuminated journey through the Park calling upon the mythical wyvern dragon, ancient symbol of Milton Regis, to reclaim its role as champion of the community.  The parade will culminate in a spectacular flaming climax.

Winter Lights is commissioned by Swale Borough Council and is partly funded by Swale Borough Council and Kent County Council through its Arts Investment Fund.

Councillor John Wright, Swale Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneation, said “We are really looking forward to seeing the culmination of this project next month. Milton Creek’s regeneration is one of our success stories and it’s reuniting the town with its creekside heritage. To be able to showcase it in many different ways has been good and this project will mean that youngsters will be able to identify with the area more strongly, which can only be a good thing for the town’s future and what they, and hopefully their children will get out of the town.”

 

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