“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 everyone is invited  to play a part in creating this ambitious and exciting community event. It needs 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 and promote 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 was responsible for the management and infrastructure of 2016’s event.  MTC produced and delivered the ‘Switch On‘ event that was a fantastic finale to the ‘Parade’ and  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 were a key driver in the ambition of Mossley Light Festival and spotted the opportunity to develop the annual celebration into something extra special. They raised over £1,000 towards the artistic development and materials for the 2016 parade and were a lead delivery partner in the lantern making workshops.

Lead PartnerThe Vale


The Vale provided 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 also administered the bookings and events related to the parade and volunteering.

Creative PartnerCabasa Carnival Arts


Cabasa Carnival Arts led on the overall artistic direction of 2016’s parade visuals. They helped to curate and design the community submissions to create a cohesive and highly effective and ambitious visual spectacle.

Creative Partner – Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade

Handmade Parade were our 2016’s  lead creative partner in our ‘Giant Lantern Making Sessions‘. They shared their expertise in construction and lanterns to help make the parade extra special.



Parade Producers –  Global Grooves


In 2016 Global Grooves was the lead creative producer for the parade and generated over £20,000 of investment towards the event. Global Grooves curated, managed and delivered the parading events as part of the first Mossley Light Festival. Global Grooves also offered a programme of events training, workshops, masterclasses and events in the lead up to the big day. Global Grooves is a registered charity and lead partner of The Vale consortium.

Lead Artistic Partner – Bangdrum CIC


Bangdrum CIC developed a programme of highly creative and ambitious light based work to animate 2016’s parade contributing over £40,000. For 2016 they worked with an international team of artists in residence and a series of commissioned work by local artists throughout October and November. Bangdrum explored new ways of working and developed structural work that can be showcased in low light levels. They alsoproduced a series of exhibitions in Mossley and Stalybridge railway stations showcasing the ‘Northern Light Series’ of paintings by Mossley based artist and painter Chris Cyprus

Lead PartnerTameside Metropolitan Borough Council (TMBC)

Tameside logo

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

Lead Partner – The Mayor’s Charity Committee

The Mayor’s Charity Committee worked hard to develop the final ‘Switch On‘ event, they encouraged community and local groups to input into the final event. They provided 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 worked  with local businesses to encourage shops and organisations in our vibrant town to help light the way during our parade and event.