What’s happening with the 2018 Lantern Parade?

Last Monday, 16th April, we had a big question to face.  And face it we did, at the gorgeously refurbished Mezzaluna on West Street.

The question?

In light of recent funding issues, how the heck are we going to get the 2018 BWLP up and running?

After a lot of number crunching and intense discussion, it was unanimously decided that we would forge ahead with fundraising and try to meet the budget by the end of June.

It won’t be easy, but we’re going for it. There’s a big gap to fill, but we have to go for it.

We can’t do it alone.

If we are going to rise to the challenge, we need the help of you lovely people in the community to join us and help raise the funds to make this year’s Parade a reality.

What can you do to help?

Glad you asked! There are lots of ways you can help us hit our fundraising goals.  Here’s a few of them:

Fundraising

There’s a boatload of cash that needs to be raised.  Have you got a cracking idea that you can put into action? Do you fancy doing a solo mission to raise funds, or can you galvanise a team of pals to do something? Give us a shout via email to let us know, and we’ll promote the heck out of it.

Sponsorship

Are you a local business owner that would like to support the Lantern Parade?  Or do you work for a company that likes to support this sort of thing? Well step right this way!  We’re pulling together some Sponsor information that we’ll share really soon, but if you are already up for it, just pop us an email or get in touch through the Facebook page and let’s chat!

Join our committee

Our committee is a small group of local residents who pull together to do all the good stuff necessary to make the event happen.  The emphasis is on small, here, and we would be delighted to welcome more people to join us to coordinate fundraising activities.  If you have a small window in your busy schedule to meet occasionally and help us get the show on the road, we’d be so happy to hear from you.

We’ve got a long way to go to get where we need to be.  But, by heck, we’re going to make it happen.

With your help.

Press Release – Double blow for the future of Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade

Bristol, UK, 26 March 2018 – On the day news came of a threat to this year’s Bedminster Winter Lantern Parade through Asda’s decision not to vote for the Bedminster Improvement District – a major sponsor of the BWLP project – Lantern Parade organisers learned of another cash blow. The group’s bid to Bristol City Council’s Arts Fund Originators Programme has been unsuccessful.

That news means that for the first time in its seven-year history, there will no funding from the City Council for the largest community-based event in South Bristol.

Malcolm Brammar, Chair of the Lantern Parade organisers, says the news has come as a double whammy.

“Three months of lantern-making workshops culminating in a spectacular Parade enjoyed by thousands are such a feature of our neighbourhood’s life each year in local schools and community centres over the autumn, that we will do all we can to raise the funds needed for 2018.”

“But this is a sizeable hole in our budget and if we can’t replace it with support from the local community and businesses by the end of July, we’ll be unable to confirm that schools workshops can begin in the autumn term. Regrettably that would mean a Lantern Parade this year would be unlikely”.

Over 2000 local people participated in the 2017 Lanterns project, and the Parade was enjoyed on the streets by many more.