ORGANISERS of Sunday’s Festival of Light in Gronant and Talacre want budding musicians to form a Samba band for the lantern parade on Talacre beach.
A percussion workshop takes place at the village community centre on the afternoon of the event.
People will be able to make their own personalised musical instruments to take home and have the opportunity to play their very own ‘glow in the dark’ instruments as part of the lantern parade.
The band will also be composing a soundtrack for a projected film which will be played live as part of the festival.
The workshop and band practice on Sunday is from 2-3.30pm, the instrument making workshop from 4-5.30pm with band practice and 6.30pm meet up to prepare for the parade.
Workshop leader Emma Louise is looking forward to the new ensemble.
She said: “It’s going to be a big challenge to make all the instruments, then transform a group into a marching samba band as well as compose a live film soundtrack in one day – but it’s going to be fun.
“There is no age limit to this workshop, it’s completely free and if you have something at home you would like to transform into a musical instrument, please feel free to bring your own junk!”
The family festival will culminate in a lantern procession at 7pm from Talacre Beach Holiday Park to the Lighthouse on Talacre Beach. There will be a stage for live music and other activities and events for all the family.
Over the last few weeks, local schools and community groups have been working with artist Ben Davies to create large portable lantern sculptures for the procession.
At the same time, young people, schools and youth clubs have also been working alongside artist Ronan Devlin to create images to project onto Talacre Lighthouse and other local buildings.
The festival is being organised by the Arts, Culture and Events section of Flintshire Council with support from the Coastal Rangers and Economic Development sections of the local authority, the Arts Council of Wales, Cadwyn Clwyd, Welsh Government, National Resources Wales and BHP Billiton.
It is also part-funded by Cadwyn Clwyd’s Innovation Flintshire scheme.
Cllr Chris Bithell, Flintshire Council cabinet member for education, said: “This is going to be a fantastic experience and everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy this family festival.
“If you’d like to participate in the lantern parade, please bring a lantern or torch with you. Chinese lanterns or naked flames are allowed.
“Parking is limited so share a car if possible.
“Please wear sensible footwear and clothing as it is an outdoor event. Call 01352 704408 for details.”