The countdown is on to this year’s Rhiwbina Christmas Festival and with only days to go local children have been putting the final touches to their lanterns ready for the big event.
This Year’s Rhiwbina Festival is on Saturday 29th November, starting at 4pm, with live entertainment, food, rides, a craft fair, stalls and (the real of course) Father Christmas. TV news presenter Sian Lloyd will be switching on the Christmas lights, and the party culminates with the Lantern Parade which starts from the Art Workshop in Lon Fach at 6.15pm led by children with their colourful lanterns, the City of Cardiff Brass Band and the Tenovus Choir.
The main shopping street Heol y Deri is being closed to traffic for the first time and with a pedestrianised village centre it promises to be the biggest Rhiwbina Christmas festival so far.
Children and adults have been making paper lanterns for the village with help from the Art Workshop since October half term. The Rhiwbina Village Events Committee, who are organising the event, are hoping as many people as possible will come and have a lantern to carry:
“We don’t want people to miss out on the chance of joining the parade, you can buy lantern kits and LED lights, ready to decorate,from the Art Workshop in Lon Fach. Pop in and get advice on how to make and decorate yours from the Workshop team.” said the committee’s Sue Harding.
It’s not too late to make one as even on the day the Art Workshop will be offering low cost lantern kits and holding simple decorating sessions for children from 3pm.
“We want everyone to support the Festival and come along to walk with all the children on the Lantern Parade, to help us celebrate the Village of Rhiwbina and a magical start to Christmas.” said the Art Workshop children’s tutor Petra Couper.
All photos by Sarah Barnes Photography