Making lanternsPupils at Long Eaton’s Dovedale Primary School are continuing to work with Erewash Borough Council’s Arts Development Team on some key events in the borough.

Dovedale is a ‘Champion School’ for the council’s annual Erewash Festival of Light programme and pupils and teachers have been a part of the events in 2107 and now into 2018 as well.

The Festival of Light is a rolling programme of activities, free festivals and events celebrating a range of traditional and culturally diverse celebrations from September to February each year – including Harvest Moon, Diwali, the Civic Bonfire and Fireworks display, the Christmas Lights Switch On, Winter Solstice and Chinese New Year.

Making snowman lanternsThis year, Dovedale Primary are starting their journey towards Arts Council England’s Artsmark accreditation, a creative quality standard for schools that promotes bringing learning to life through arts and culture. The school was keen to work with the Arts Development team across the Festival of Light programme.

Sarah Houseman, the school’s Head teacher, says:

“We have been delighted to take part – not only is it excellent evidence for our Artsmark application but, more importantly, the children and teachers have learnt new skills, had great fun creating their masterpieces and really enjoyed extending the school’s community links”

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, has welcomed the school’s work with the council:

“We are delighted that Dovedale teachers have so enthusiastically embraced this opportunity to work with our Arts Development team. The children have learnt new skills through this connection and they have so willingly grabbed the chance to take part in some of our biggest community events. Well done to all.”

Pupils have enjoyed activities and workshops with a range of artists and performers, including:

  • A Diwali residency with Sanjukta Sahu teaching pupils a group Indian dance and the story of Diwali through movement culminating in a performance before family and friends at Friesland Performing Arts Centre.
  • Creating lanterns with Ann Levett for a display at the Civic Bonfire and Fireworks event in West Park, Long Eaton.
  • Making snowmen themed lanterns in workshops with Anna Roebuck for an illuminated procession during the Christmas Lights Switch-on event in Long Eaton town centre.

Discussions are now underway for Dovedale’s creative involvement for the Chinese New Year celebration in Erewash. The school will take part in activities culminating in a Long Eaton based finale performance for family and friends.

Meanwhile, residents can join Year of the Dog celebrations on Saturday 17 February with lantern making workshops at Erewash Museum between 12.30pm and 5pm (£1.50 per person) followed by a lantern procession moving up to Ilkeston Market Place for dragon dancing and Chinese music.


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