Trail blazing festival lights up the nights
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The streets of Machynlleth will be alight with lanterns, fireworks, films and faces from 20-28 October, as a new festival lights up the nights.
Gwyl y Golau - Dyfi Light Fest is a week long festival of cultural, community and eco arts - from film to wildlife photography, drawing, walking and dancing. All framed by moments of brilliant illumination - including light show, lantern procession and fireworks - in and around Machynlleth in Mid Wales.
Festival organizer, Phil Wheeler said: "There will be something for everyone, young and old, locals and visitors. You can make your own lantern, join in with music and dance, dress up and ride in the pink stretch limousine, or just enjoy the spectacle of films and fireworks."
"Last year half the people at the lantern procession came from outside the area. This year we hope to attract even bigger numbers than before."
The week begins with a spectacular light show at Machynlleth Clock at 8pm on Friday 20th October.
The light show with its pink theme, and films being shown inside the clock, wild projections, sweeping beams and ambient music is a precursor to Saturday and the now Famous Pink Snowball Awards, featured nationally in 2006 when the Hollywood sign appeared overnight on Penrallt.
The week ends with a grand finale lantern procession and fireworks in Machynlleth.
The lantern procession begins at 6.30pm on Saturday 28th October.
Other highlights will include live music and dancing in a Marquee at The White Lion Hotel Machynlleth, on the 21st Oct (after the awards) and also on the 27th and 28th October.
There will be lantern-making and puppetry workshops at Y Plas Machynlleth from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October, giving everyone a chance to make their own lantern to join in the procession.
Special thanks to Powys County Council, The Social Risk Fund (WCVA), The Paul Hamlyn Trust, The Arts Council of Wales, Arts Connection, Debbie Ashton at Llwyngwril Gallery, The Co-op, Roustabout tents, and the many helpers and sponsors involved in this project.
Full details of the festival can be found on our Gwyl web mini-site.
Teresa Walters of ecodyfi, which is backing the festival, said: "This is the first festival of its kind in Wales and we hope to see it getting bigger and brighter every year. Come along and help us light up the night."
Information for journalists
1. Machynlleth has won a reputation as the unofficial UK capital of green living.
There is also a strong creative tradition in the area and the festival will be drawing on the talents of many local artists and musicians.
2. The festival is backed by ecodyfi, the community regeneration group for the Dyfi Valley, and sponsored by the Communities First Trust Fund, Powys County Council and Tourism Partnership Mid Wales.
3. Pictures available on request.
4. In 2005 The Hollywood sign that appeared on the hill behind Machynlleth drew media coverage as far afield as France. This year a similar stunt is expected.
Special guests at the Pink Snowball Awards this year are 15 teenagers from the Llwyngwril/Tywyn area who have made a collection of 15 short films with video artist Emma Macey.
FILM 15 has been a creative partnership between Friends of Llwyngwril Gallery, The Social Risk Fund and Emma to develop a program of activities that inspire young people to engage with film making and technology as a way of expressing their own experiences and ideas.
The 15 films are being produced into a limited edition DVD that will be viewed throughout the festival week.
Video artist Emma Macey has also teamed up with Suzy Kemp and Jo Munton from Vagabondi Puppets in a project which has taught pupils from Machynlleth Primary School how to create a series of animated puppet stories.
Made using hand crafted puppets and stop frame animation, the animated story has the feel of a live production with a dash of creature comforts.
This project was funded by the Paul Hamlyn Trust, The Arts Council of Wales, Mach Fringe, Co-op and Arts Connection.