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.