MK Community Foundation is proud to have funded two brilliant projects this year that have helped to light up the Wolverton and Greenleys community!
Wolverton Lantern Festival and Wolverton Secret Garden Illuminations are two extraordinary events in the community that have brought people together to celebrate the start of the winter season and Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday.
There were various workshops held at different schools across the area, for children to make the lanterns for the festival, as well as other community groups and individuals creating their own incredible lanterns for the parade.
The Festival paraded through the streets of Wolverton on November 25th, with wonderful music and entertainment, highlighting this year’s theme of ‘Make Some Noise’. The entertainment began with street food and entertainment in the square. There was a multitude of different food available including stalls from Saf’s Kitchen, MK Biergarten, Taco Shack, The Little Oven of Joy and A1 Donuts. Musical entertainment was provided by The Wolverton Town Band and The Rock Choir.
There were five Samba bands in total that helped ‘Make Some Noise’ as they travelled through the community; with special percussion workshops by ‘The Junk Orchestra’ to learn how to make instruments, there were opportunities for people to participate with the parade band.
The wonderful lanterns that were produced by the community were then used in the ‘Secret Winter Garden Illuminations’ to help light up the Secret Garden. The lighting installation was created by renowned lighting artist, Ulf Pedersen who enhanced the woodlands, gardens and architecture beautifully for all to view. The week of illuminations also featured spectacular performances featuring live fire and LED performances from Black Sheep Collective CIC, Pyrofinalia and Fenceless Art Social Enterprises.