CEECC is an award winning cultural/environmental group running festivals since 1984 in the Quaker village of Letterfrack in North West Conamara.
Last year we ran a highly successful Fund it campaign raising over €10,000 for our festivals. We were just gobsmacked with all your generosity & kindness and we say thank you! Your support ensured 2015 was highly successful & much to our delight we were awarded the prestigious Babaro, Above & Beyond award.
This year we have a full programme of events which include 2 festivals and a Summer School on Inishbofin. See website (www.ceecc.org) for event listing. But while we are busy and ambitious the reality is that with a small business base and cutbacks in the Arts, we need another Fund it Campaign. We hope to raise €5000 and this will be used for our “ After the Light Parade” - an integral part of our annual Conamara Sea Week which takes place in October.
On the evening of the parade all the lights in the village are turned off, music echoes throughout the village and the participants carry magnificent lanterns and torches. Over 1000 people are dressed up and the village is filled with excitement. Drums are beaten and stilt walkers lead the parade. The whole glorious spectacle finishes with the crowd gathering around the Connemara West building where the fire sculptures are lit, there are fire twirlers and jugglers and of course the Lord of the Light.
We employ a great creative team to work with all the groups involved in the parade. It takes months of planning and man hours to create this feast for all senses that is the magical “After the Light Parade”. And although it is an expensive event to run, it has become the biggest event in the village, involving the young and old of the community, and we don't want to see it cancelled.
Any support you can give us, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated.
“Not only was the parade around the buildings impressive and imaginative, the gathering together around the fire sculptures and the Lord of the Lights throne, with music, lights and small enactments was quite spectacular and so many people were present to participate and mark the event is testament to it s potency and strength. And future possibilities. This was, to my mind, community arts at it s very finest and the level of co operation, sharing and collaboration, from so many sections of the education system- preschool to primary, Youthreach to GMIT Letterfrack, to VTOS - made this a remarkable and memorable event”.
Airt O’Briain Film Maker