“The whole experience was the best thing I’ve ever done. I haven’t participated in a project on this scale before. It was great to be a part of a new family.” – 2016 community performer


Mossley Light Festival brings together the skills and experience of our local community groups, residents, and arts organisations. In 2016, The Vale (plus associated organisations) and Mossley Town Council raised the early finance and resources to support the basic costs and management of the festival. Funders included Arts Council England and The National Lottery.

It took a fantastic team effort to produce the festival and by all working together we can build on the success and confidence of last year.

This is YOUR festival and there is space for everyone to play a part in creating this ambitious and exciting community event, your group, your school, your business, your family… YOU can:
  • be one of the early creative sparks in devising and planning
  • make beautiful art with your community group or family
  • be part of the festival organising team/ events crew
  • find another way that suits you to help the festival shine

The festival brings together community groups, businesses, schools, organisations, and individuals – all working together towards a common goal. Together we can make this happen year in, year out promoting a stronger sense of place and community.

Watch our 2016 documentary


This project is managed and produced by a consortium of organisations and individuals who want to see wonderful things happen in the local area. Drawing upon two successful years of lantern parades and decades of switch on events, this inspired team put their heads together to raise resources and develop what will be launched this year as ‘Mossley Light Festival‘.

Who’s who?

Lead Organisations

Lead PartnerMossley Town Council (MTC)


MTC is responsible for the management and infrastructure of this year’s event. They have been working hard behind the scenes pulling together the necessary details to deliver this years event. MTC is also producing and delivering the final ‘Switch On‘ event that will be a fantastic finale to the ‘Parade’ and have raised over £5,000 of investment to support this years Switch On event.

Lead PartnerMossley Sports and Leisure Forum (MSLF)

MSLF have led on the lantern parade elements of the town’s ‘Switch On’ event for the last two years. They have been a key driver in the ambition of Mossley Light Festival and spotted the opportunity to develop the annual celebration into something extra special. They have raised over £1,000 towards the artistic development and materials for the parade and will be a lead delivery partner in the lantern making workshops.

Lead PartnerThe Vale


The Vale will provide in-kind space, resources, and the use of their professional Carnival arts studio to host the main masterclasses, lantern making sessions, music making opportunities and training events. The Vale will also be administrating the bookings and events related to the parade and volunteering.

Creative PartnerCabasa Carnival Arts


Cabasa Carnival Arts will be leading on the overall artistic direction of the this year’s parade visuals. They will be helping to curate and design this years community submissions to design a cohesive and highly effective and ambitious visual spectacle.

Creative Partner – Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade will be this year’s lead creative partner in our ‘Giant Lantern Making Sessions‘. They will share their expertise in construction and lanterns to help make our parade extra special.



Parade Producers –  Global Grooves


Global Grooves is the lead creative producer for the parade and has generated over £20,000 of investment towards this year’s event. Global Grooves will be curating, managing and delivering the parading events as part of this year’s Mossley Light Festival and is offering a programme of events training, workshops, masterclasses and events in the lead up to the big day. Global Grooves will also be providing an adaptation of their 2016, 70 strong carnival presentation to join the festivities. Global Grooves is a registered charity and lead partner of The Vale consortium.

Lead Artistic Partner – Bangdrum CIC


Bangdrum CIC will be developing a programme of highly creative and ambitious light based work to animate this years parade contributing over £40,000 to this years parade. Working with an international team of artists in residence and series of commissioned work by local artists they will be working throughout October and November to link a team of incredible artists to explore new was of working and developing structural work that can be showcased in low light levels. They will also be producing a series of Exhibitions in railway stations on the route from Manchester City Centre to Mossley showcasing the ‘Northern Light Series’ by Mossley based artist and painter Chris Cyprus. More to be announced soon. 

Lead PartnerTameside Metropolitan Borough Council (TMBC)

Tameside logo

TMBC have played a leading role in the development Mossley Light Festival by providing invaluable advice and support to our partners. They have led on discussions regarding infrastructure and events safety and have provided a council officer to support the preparations.  Tameside will also be offering capacity building training to crew and volunteers.

Lead Partner – The Mayor’s Charity Committee

The Mayor’s Charity Committee have been working hard to develop the final ‘Switch On‘ event, encouraging community and local groups to input into the final event. They will be providing food and drink stalls as well as a visit from a special winter-time guest dressed in red and white.


Lead PartnerMossley Town Team


Mossley Town Team have been working together with local businesses to encourage shops and organisations in our vibrant town to help light the way during our parade and event.