Press Release: Lantern event

Schools and arts award

Excitement is building for a lantern event on Dover’s sea front involving pupils from six Dover District schools. In the past few weeks they have been busy making lanterns to bring along to the event and taking part in preparatory workshops involving performance, filmmaking and storytelling facilitated by an artist’s collaboration based in Deal called Underground Pearl.

In the early evening of 29 March, the lanterns will be lit and the story behind the event will be narrated by Barry O’Brien of Dover Community Radio and acted out through song and dance by students from Astor College. Dover rowing club will act out the rescue of the ghost ship ‘Lady Lovibond’. Singers and musicians from the Landmark Show Choir and Maddie’s Melody Makers will be performing as people arrive.

Once the performances are completed the participants will proceed along the Esplanade, accompanied by the Big Fish Street Band from the Isle of Sheppey, and end at the Swimmers statues where the rescued ghostly crew will be waved off into their new future.

The event is part of Dover Arts Development’s Nautical threads project, in partnership with Astor College for the Arts. It is part of the cultural strand of Kent Schools’ Education Olympic Legacy Programme, ‘INSPIRE’, a legacy of Pass the Passion. This programme aims to develop young arts leaders of all ages, across Kent schools.

Michele Gregson says, “Teachers and pupils will have the opportunity to work in partnership with some of our finest arts practitioners and experience the arts of the highest quality.”

The project is supporting Arts award candidates like Gemma, at Astor:

During this nautical themed project I have gained so many new skills in various workshops that I have attended. I have also been helping at primary schools teaching the skills that I have learnt. It is challenging but rewarding seeing all the finished products that they have made and also seeing that they enjoyed it just as much as me.”

Over the past seven months pupils at all 14 participating schools have been examining Dover’s long nautical history through artist-led workshops and a range of cross-curricular cultural and educational activities.

The event has also been made possible thanks to the support of Dover Harbour Board and Dover District Council.

The schools participating in the lantern event are:

• St Mary’s CEP

• Sandown CPS

• Portal House

• Cartwright & Kelsey CPS

• St Richards RCPS

• Astor College for the Arts

Times: Arrivals from 5.30pm for a 6pm start. Event ends at 7.30pm.

We are grateful to all volunteers helping marshal the event.