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By cityoflights, Apr 12 2018 11:15PM

The lanterns might be sleeping, but the City of Lights Team are all systems go. Planning, fundraising and organising has already commenced for Truro’s lantern parade in November 2018.

This is where the reigns are handed over to the community. They need your help! Would you like to help raise money and get involved in their events throughout the year. You will find lantern workshops and buckets being rattled at many events this year, including ROK 5k, Truro Day, Samba Sunday and many more. Volunteering can be adhoc or could be set up as a placement for those seeking a more structured opportunity to support professional development. To sign up, please click on the link at

Do you think you have what it takes to join the City of Lights Board? Each year, the lantern parade team explore ways to strengthen their organisation and they would like to open up an invitation to new members. Have you got an interest and experience in any of the following sectors: business, culture, community, volunteering, fundraising, event management. To find out more please contact

Are you a local business? Have you ever considered the benefit of being associated with one of Cornwall’s largest outdoor events, attracting an audience of 30,000 people who travel from across the county, UK and some from across the world? Sponsorship packages are available ranging from £100 to £1,500. Full details of packages are available.

And last but not least, each year the lantern artists take over a space where they create the staggeringly incredible lanterns. This year, the team is trying to find a new space. Do you know of any large warehouses, units or barns which could be used to make large lanterns in? Please contact City of Lights with any suggestions.

Keep posted for future updates and a big thank you for your support. For all enquiries, please contact or message via Facebook.

By cityoflights, Aug 12 2017 11:30AM

Why not treat a colleague or friend to a VIP ticket, viewing the parade froma secret and prime location accompanied by a glass of fizz and nibbles.

Only 40 spaces available.

To book click here

By cityoflights, Jul 28 2017 09:07PM

Would you like to collaborate and be part of a growing and inspiring community? Are you an artist, maker, musician, dancer or digital tinkerer? Would you like to be part of a broader event and festivals conversation?

Why not sign up to our first ever Summer School?

It's FREE and space are limited. Please sign up here

Please email with any queries

By cityoflights, Sep 30 2016 01:30PM

Every year we need over 100 volunteers to help make City of Lights happen. This includes people to support the schools, the bands and dancers, and of course communicate with the massive audience! If you'd like to get involved, please sign up here

By cityoflights, May 6 2016 02:49PM

This year we celebrate our 20th anniversary and we will be celebrating in style! We can't say much yet but we are currently seeking partners, funders, sponsors and donors to help us generate the funds for City of Lights 2016.

We will be announcing the theme very soon so watch this space....and do get in touch if you want to be part of making the magic happen at City of Lights this year. Contact us on facebook, twitter or email:

By cityoflights, Oct 16 2015 10:00AM

We are delighted that some of Cornwall's best food & drink providers will be trading at City of Lights this year including Kernowforno, Katie's Cornish HotPots, Just PIGS, Harding & Scoot coffee, The Shellfish Pig St Ives Cider, Truro Farmers Market, Cornish Venisonand At Home Mexican.

They will be spread out throughout the city in Lemon Quay, Boscawen Street, and King Street and provide a great complement to the city centre restaurants and bars, all of whom will be open on City of Lights night.

Car parks will all be open but please bear in mind that traffic will be heavy so allow plenty of time or don't use the car at all and take the bus or train! Public transport will be running as per usual schedule throughout the evening with bus routes operating via the Bus Station on Green Street and rail services as normal. Park and Ride from both Tregurra and Langarth will be running throughout the evening.

So every reason to eat, drink and be merry at City of Lights!

By cityoflights, Oct 8 2015 01:00PM

As the nights draw in, we know we're getting closer to City of Lights night! Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and FEAST, we are continuing to explore digital and craft collaboration leading to creating the huge lanterns that will include digital activity. The plans are all signed off and we have just started to circulate our 'How to Enjoy' flyer which is aimed at enabling everyone to join in. Do have a look and plan your visit in advance.

We need your help to make it happen and we need your donations to enable us to run workshops in schools, pay for the safety provisions that are necessary for this event, and to provide the materials to make these extraordinary creations. If you can give a little, or a lot!, please do via our donation button and thank you!

By cityoflights, Jul 23 2015 11:36AM

We know it's Summer but we are already deep in planning for City of Lights 2015! The site plans, traffic management schedules and all the event documentation is all coming together and the artists will shortly start work on their ideas and concepts for the large lanterns this year.

We are also just opening up opportunities for partner organisations and sponsors to come and join the fun! If you or anyone you know is (or might be!) interested, do get in touch and we can tell you more about it....

We are also circulating a call for volunteers. We desperately need your help to make this magical event happen so if you are interested, please contact to register.

By cityoflights, Nov 18 2014 11:09AM

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England and Feast, this year City of Lights brings you two digital installations in Truro City Centre. The aim of these pieces is to both extend the City of Lights event beyond the one special evening, and to allow a different, perhaps more personal element to the audience participation.

The new digital ingredients to City of Lights each bring alive our theme of Heroes of World War One in different ways. They will be in place not only on City of Lights night on Wednesday 19 November, but also on the late night shopping evenings of 26th Nov and 3rd, 10th and 17th December.

On Union Street (near Truro Community Library) you will find an interactive installation called Light Field by Alcwyn Parker and Dr James Moore, and on Boscawen Street, being projected from above the Calendar Club shop is a film by Brigette Ashton entitled 'Active Service'

We hope you enjoy these digital facets of City of Lights, please let us know what you think via our Facebook page or comments on this blog.

Light Field - on Union Street by Alcwyn Parker and Dr James Moore

A memorial wall of light is displayed on a shopping street in Truro, arranged as a field of 30 blood-red light pools. Motion sensors trigger a light when someone walks past it, so pathways, or 'light trails', following the movement patterns of pedestrians, are constantly being drawn.

Each individual illumination represents someone from the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry who was killed in WW1. The bulb stays lit for a number of seconds, relative to the age of the deceased, then fades away. The system simultaneously "speaks" the name of the fallen soldier.

Active Service - on Boscaswen Street by Bridgette Ashton

'Active Service’ references archive photographs and stories of a mounted WW1 artilleryman, Private Edmund James, whose son lives in Falmouth.

A soldier in the Royal Field Artillery, Private James spent the entirety of the Great War on the Western Front. He was originally a driver of horses and then acting as a mounted ‘Spotter’. He was wounded twice and gassed three times but survived the conflict and lived until the age of 97.

His son, now a nonagenarian, has lived in Falmouth for over 50 years and was himself a spitfire pilot in the Second World War.

By cityoflights, Oct 23 2014 01:04PM

Wed 29 October 2014 10am – 4pm at Royal Cornwall Museum

Sat 15 November 2014 11am – 3pm at Truro Community Library

City of Lights is very pleased to be working with Royal Cornwall Museum and Truro Community Library to offer family and community workshops for this year’s winter lantern procession.

The workshops will be led by a City of Lights artist and the lanterns you make will be inspired by this year’s theme ‘Heroes’ using images from the Royal Cornwall Museum collection. You can then carry your lanterns in the magical parade on Wed 19 November starting at 6.30pm.

The workshops are open to all ages, but children under 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.

The workshops are FREE but booking is ESSENTIAL through as places are limited.

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