Illuminate 2018

Nov 29

Start Thursday
29-11-2018, 05:30pm

End Thursday
29-11-2018, 08:00pm

Venue Boston Market Place


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The fourth Illuminate Boston Festival follows the beautiful light parades and stunning projects of Illuminate 2015, 2016 and 2017.
This year’s design has used the symbolism in flora and fauna to represent the qualities of the pilgrims as the festival builds up to international celebrations of the 400th anniversary in 2020. The events tell the story of Boston’s connections to the Pilgrims and the Mayflower story.

The beautiful sweeping market place of Boston will be full of events, dance and activities, including live performances and a Christmas Market.

Performing for the first time will be the Fen Folk Bateria who have been exploring samba-reggae, afoxé, maracatu and batucada samba rhythms.

The procession will begin at 5:30pm from Central Park.

The Christmas lights will also be switched on during the evening.

In the flora and fauna designs you will see the insects that work together to build a community, the industrious ant that fearlessly explores with its desire to seek things out.
The migrating moth driven by its faith and determination.
The bee’s unified by family, team work and tolerance and the cricket sings its song, finding its own song and speaking its truth with conviction.
The flora brings more symbolism linked to the story of the pilgrims and their hope and dreams for a new future.
Forget me nots sprinkled with memories and hope.
Hope is also entwined in the flowers and leaves of the hawthornes.
Sweetpeas represent departures and goodbyes.
The oak leaf with its endurance and strength of faith in trial.
The chamomille is enterprising and the peach rose brings togetherness.
The mushrooms look individual but are a collective community.
And let’s not forget the mayflower that represents the beginning.

This mix of symbols have been chosen to represent the story of how the pilgrims were motivated to come together to leave Boston and explore and seek a new life through their collective action. These symbols will be seen in the costumes of the dancers, all in white and lit to reveal the patterns and shapes. The school lanterns are a whisper of moths with additional lanterns representing these chosen flora and fauna.

Why not be a part of the festival? Lantern making workshops are open to all ages, languages and nooks of the community; all for free! Lanterns and their makers will march in the parade procession. Workshops take place at the Boston Guildhall, PE21 6HT on the 24th November at 10:30am or at 12pm.

On parade day, lantern makers will meet at Central Park at 5pm.


Transported is a strategic, community-focused programme which aims to get more people in Boston Borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities.  The programme is overseen by the Centre of Culture and Creativity at the University of Lincoln, and is funded by the Creative People and Places fund from Arts Council England.

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