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£30k Arts Council funding means Festive Fabuloso is coming to town

East Lindsey District Council is delighted to be bringing Festive Fabuloso, a touring community celebration of lights, sounds and creativity, to five of the district's market towns this December.

The council successfully applied for Arts Council funding and were awarded the full £30,000 to deliver the events for its residents and visitors.

Festive Fabuloso will see Alford, Horncastle, Louth, Spilsby and Wainfleet, which are all part of the Council's Vital and Viable programme, brought to life with illuminations, street theatre and some crazy, creative, interactive installations!

In preparation for the event, the council has started running a series of workshops for children and young people across the district to create artwork that will be on display at Festive Fabuloso. By the end of the workshops, around 350 children will have contributed to the displays for the tour.

As well as the 'Fabuloso Organ', which visited all five towns last December as part of a pilot project, there will also be a Shadow Puppet stage, a Digital Graffiti station, some very entertaining street performers, food & drink stalls and a brand new 'Carousel Fabuloso'.

The Carousel is being designed and built by local sculptor, engineer and inventor Dave Cranmer alongside artists from Lumo Workshop who will be running a series of participatory sessions that will give local people the chance to get involved and help design the interactive artwork that will be appear on the Carousel.

Festive Fabuloso will visit each town for an afternoon and evening during early December:

Friday 2 December                    4pm - 8pm                                Horncastle Market Place

Saturday 3 December            12noon - 6pm                           Wainfleet Market Place

Thursday 8 December              4pm - 8pm                                    Louth Cornmarket    

Friday 9 December                    4pm - 8pm                                Alford Market Place

Saturday 10 December            4pm -8pm                                 Spilsby Market Place

Whether you live locally or visiting from further afield, you can come and enjoy Festive Fabuloso for free!

Bruce Knight, one of the Creative Producers for Different Light and the Managing Director of Spilsby Sessions House CIC said: "Spilsby Sessions House and the Different Light Collective are delighted to be working with ELDC and the five towns on this project. We can't wait to illuminate the town centres and bring a little bit of Christmas chaos to the Wolds! It really should be a unique event that will bring some festive cheer, creative community spirit and more than a little bit of silliness to these five wonderful towns in the run up to this Christmas."

Councillor Adam Grist, East Lindsey District Council's Portfolio Holder for Market Towns and Rural Economy, added: "Festive Fabuloso is such a fantastic community event that will really bring something to our towns, so I was delighted to hear that funding was secured from the Arts Council. The event is going to be fantastic for our market towns to flourish over the winter period, so I really do encourage businesses to stay open during the event in their respective town so that our community can make the most of it."

Festive Fabuloso is part of East Lindsey District Council's Vital and Viable project, which aims to work with local communities in Alford, Horncastle, Louth, Spilsby, and Wainfleet to protect, promote and preserve the towns by keeping them thriving, clean centres which are attractive places to live, work and visit.

Bringing new touring events to the district is a part of the council's cultural strategy - a new framework that supports investment opportunities and support employment in cultural sectors. The approved Framework supports the development of cultural provision through town centres, heritage and natural assets as well as festivals and events across East Lindsey.

The strategy sets out an ambitious vision for culture, connecting heritage and the visitor economy while recognising the health and wellbeing benefits culture brings to people's lives.

More information on the Council's Vital and Viable project can be found online: www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/VitalAndViable