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Community shines bright at Shiregreen lantern parade

5 December 2016

Families shone bright in Shiregreen as part of a dazzling community-led lantern parade.

More than 200 people came together for the event organised by Sheffield-based arts organisation Ignite Imaginations and Sanctuary Housing.

Residents brightened up the winter night by walking with hand-made lanterns from Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre to Shiregreen United Reformed Church, where they enjoyed craft activities, music from Sheffield Community Choir and refreshments.

Melanie King, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for Shiregreen, said: “This community-led project had an amazing atmosphere with live music and a magical lantern parade. It was wonderful  to see so many people brought together from across Shiregreen neighbourhood for such a special occasion.”

Schools, scouts and other locals got the chance to make their own lanterns, with help from an artist, in the weeks leading up to the parade at free community workshops.

Ignite Imaginations – formerly Art in the Park - encourages vibrant and creative communities in Sheffield and secured support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme for this project. In addition, support from Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund was able to double the hours of workshops in the community.

Panni Loh, project co-ordinator from Ignite Imaginations, added: “We are delighted to have secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund Celebrate programme for this lantern parade as we strive to provide unusual, inspiring and innovative experiences for communities of all ages in Sheffield.”

Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund supports activities that benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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