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Another successful Gwyl y Golau festival

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press release9.10.07

lanterns in Machynlleth light parade

fireworks in Machynlleth light parade

lanterns in Machynlleth light parade

owl lantern in Machynlleth light parade
The 2007 Gwyl y Golau festival held recently in Machynlleth was as popular and successful as ever. This year it celebrated the people and places of the Dyfi Biosphere.

The week began on 27 October with Wales’s most entertaining and idiosyncratic film festival, The Pink Snowball Awards, organised by Mach Fringe. It ended with the ever popular lantern procession on 3 November.

This year the procession was followed by a fire show and twmpath dawns. Sandwiched between them was a whole host of natural, cultural, heritage, history and local arts events and of course the lantern-making workshops.

The Fire Show took place on the football field in Machynlleth and was created by internationally renowned artist Jony Easterby and pyrographers, Dark Spark. This was no ordinary firework display – they created an art spectacle, using fireworks, fire ropes, sound and sculpture. It proved to be very popular with the hundreds of spectators.

The organizers would like to thank the volunteers that worked so hard to make the week as successful as it was. Delyth Richards, the Community Engagement Officer for the Dyfi Biosphere Area said ‘Without these volunteers generously giving their time to the event, the G_yl y Golau Festival simply wouldn’t be able to take place. So a big thank you to everyone that helped out during the week and the last few months.’

The organizers would also like to thank Powys County Council, Tourism Partnership Mid Wales, Communities First, The Welsh Language Board, the Mayor of Machynlleth and the former Elemental Earth trustees for their support.

A special tribute goes to the following local businesses for their generous contributions to the event: Will Lloyd Williams, IG Owen, Kelvin Jenkins Jewelers, The White Lion Hotel, Machynlleth Rugby Club and Football Clubs, The Wynnstay, Hennighan’s Topshop and the Skinners Arms.

Ecodyfi say they may not be in a position to co-ordinate next year’s event and would like to help create an independent committee to take it forward. If you are interested in being involved, have good photos of this year or have any ideas or suggestions you would like to share, please call Delyth on 01654 703965 or email her on delyth@dyfibiosphere.org.uk.

Further information:

Contact: Delyth Richards: 01654 703965