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Alongside the visual spectacle, City of Lights is a feast of music and dance including samba, brass bands and pipes & drums.


In advance of the procession, there is music throughout the city including performances by school groups and the festivities continue after the procession with more outdoor music performances in various locations.  


Truro School of Samba, HayleStorm and other samba bands animate the procession with their fantastic dancers in utterly stunning costumes and we are bringing in more musical elements with street performances. Our celtic traditions are celebrated with  Truro Irish Dancers who are new to the parade this year, as well as Kernow Pipes & Drums and Truro Pipes & Drums adding yet another aspect to the celebrations.


"Truro School of Samba represents a great diversity across the Cornish community, all brought together by a love of music, dance and performing, and City of Lights is such a highlight for us each year. As far as costumes go we are well under way now and we've been deconstructing last year's headdresses so we can recycle as much as possible. As well as rehearsing, I'm up to my eyes in sequins at the moment as each new costume has at least 400 sequins that have to be stuck on one by one!" said Emma Skilton, Artistic Director of Truro School of Samba.


Truro School of Samba dancers

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