Lighting Up The Canal

Creative lanterns for the bicentenary celebration of the Monmouthshire and Brecon CanalMonmouthshire and Brecon Canal bicentenary celebration


Throughout autumn 2012 Arts Alive Wales ran a lantern making project culminating in an event at the Brecon Canal Basin on 1st December to celebrate the bicentenary of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

The event featured giant, brightly coloured lanterns made by communities along the canal as well as fire sculptures, performers, live music and a stunning feature lantern made by project director Lynette Margerison.

“Lighting up the Canal was a wonderful evening with so many special elements including Brecon’s Samba band, live folk music, the Ice Queen stilt walker, and the incredible turn out of families parading with their own lantern creations. But I think for most people the highlight of ‘lighting up the canal’ was the stunning life-size lantern shire horse and swans seen from across the canal basin by a packed audience of local canalside community members standing outside the theatre and ranged along the bridge to watch . With the narrowboats lit up by the boatowners, and the soft reflections of light on the water, there was a real moment of magic as the swans were towed away along the canal. We’re already thinking about next year’s event!”

– Justine Wheatley, Director, Arts Alive Wales.

Communities in Llangynidr, Brecon, Talybony on Usk and Crickhowell took part in the free lantern making workshops and prizes were awarded for the best lanterns.

Lighting Up The Canal
Lighting Up The Canal
Lighting Up The Canal
Lighting Up The Canal
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