After a year of fundraising and planning and five weeks of community school and youth club lantern sessions its 10am on Saturday 22nd October and the CRAG arts team meet in the lantern café to plan the day ahead.
With a fabulous sunny day outside and a great forecast spirits are high.
Within minutes everything is in full flow and the arts Team set out to let loose the the Carnival of Light onto the streets of Girvan in a riot of colour and sound. By 6pm the last lanterns are being picked up, and the shorefront primed for a spectacular evening of music lanterns and light.
At 7pm the band launch into a sambayabambatastic beat and the countryside enters into Girvan as flowers, mice, rabbits, caterpillars, bees, owls and wasps parade through the town in a fantastic river of Light lantern creeping, crawling and fluttering through the town, the Procession growing in size as it flows carrying bystanders shorewards towards the finale show on the promenade.
As the procession flows towards the beach there are gasps of excitement as a giant head appears above the promenade wall, growing into a massive corn dolly figure by artist David Powell, it towers over the audience. Excitement grows as the band parade onto the shorefront with the large caterpillar giant hare and wasps buzzing around. In seconds the beach is transformed in a blaze of light into a fire garden for Life Cycles 2016 a fabulous display of fire and light ending with the firing of the 7m high figure.
What next for CRAG and the lantern procession? there is already excitement and talk of next year among the lantern makers and the whisper is of Spaceships and Vikings what do you think??
The 2016 CRAG crew were Barry Dawson, Katy Dye, Tim Parffit, David Powell, Ingrid Powell, Sheena Russell and Chelsea Rodger, the shorefront fire crew; Alex Melville, Tom Melville, David Girvan, Morgan Powell, Frazer Cunningham and Gareth Powell
CRAG would like to thank their funders Carrick Futures South Ayrshire Cultural Planning and everyone who supported the fundraising, Diane Iannarelli for the lantern café without whom this would not have happened. To the stewards; David Girvan, The Lifeboat Crew ATC, Stuart and Kevan Cook and all our volunteers special shout for Senga, Kimberley, Bailey, Isabel, Rachel, Morven, Marie and Gronya and thanks to the people of Carrick and beyond for supporting Life Cycles 2016.
Its started - CRAG Car Boot Fundraiser Sunday 30th October 10am the Catholic Hall Henrietta Street Girvan come and support the lantern project.