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Mazey madness in Penzance
Banners will be flying high during the festival
Banners will be flying high during the festival

Golowan Festival is upon us once again.

Penzance comes alive with colour and the people of the town enjoy a feast of celebrations including music, theatre and the arts along with parades, stalls and performers.

Golowan Festival Thursday 17th - Sunday 27th June

West Cornwall is one of the few places in the Celtic lands where customs, originally celebrating the summer solstice on the year's longest day, the 21st of June, still survive. On St John's Eve, June 23rd, midsummer bonfires and beacons blaze on hilltops and carns, maintaining continuity with ancient pagan and Celtic traditions.

Reports in the 19th century told of Golowan celebrations with lines of blazing tar barrels along the streets of Penzance accompanied by people setting off fireworks and carrying burning torches.

Schools parade their works of art through the town
A crazy creature works it's way through the town

The people would dance in a long line holding hands and every so often one would shout "An eye!" and the two people at the back of the line would clasp hands and form an eye of a needle for the rest of the dancers to run through. The day after these festivities, on Midsummer Day, the Quay fair was held.

In the 1850s, bye-laws were passed in a vain attempt to ban Golowan, fearing damage to property, and Penzance's ambition to become a genteel resort. It took a further forty years before the bonfires and torches were finally banished to the Western Esplanade. Distanced from the heart of the town and robbed of spontaneity Golowan gradually died.

In 1991, through local archive research and the commitment of a small group of volunteers Golowan was revived and revitalised with new imagery and ritual.

Crowds weave like ants through the town
Crowds bustle through the main street full of stalls

One day of celebration has grown into a 10-day festival of Cornish, Celtic, and international culture, culminating in Mazey Day's colourful parades, street entertainment and market stalls, under a canopy of flags, banners and greenery. Most importantly, Penglaz, the Serpent Dance, Summer Fire, Quay Fair, the Mock Mayor Elections and Sea and Sail will always be at the heart of Golowan.

"Scummow" is this year's theme. The word derives from the Cornish word for flotsam and jetsam, wreck, things washed up by the tide, which could include strange creatures and fish, foreign cultures and ideas. Fourteen schools and community groups involving over 1,000 children will be taking part in the colourful processions and colourful banners will be on display throughout the town.

"Scummow", a collaboration between three Penwith Secondary schools; Mounts Bay, Humphry Davy and Cape Cornwall, is interpreting the year's theme in dance, music, strange instruments, imagery, masks, costume and film.

Face painting gets underway on the streets
Changing appearances with the help of one of many face-painters.

Artist David Kemp, whose work is inspired by the natural landscape, will be working with Cape Cornwall, transforming beach and shed collected flotsam and jetsam into bizarre processional Mazey Day and Quay Fair Day creations.

There will be lots of music during the Festival including Cuban young bloods, 'Asere', some sizzling tango, as well as the traditional Celtic brew supplied this year from Cornwall, Brittany and Wales.

The day after Mazey Day, the emphasis moves to the town's harbour area with music and street performers, a Fun Fair and markets stalls as well as a flotilla of visiting boats.

Line-up of events on at Golowan Festival:
Thursday 17th June

MUSA MISTONGA & Tango Oblivion
The Acorn - Penzance - 8pm - £7.00 Adv - £8.00 Door
First visit to Cornwall of ArgentineTango duo featuring bandoneonist Fernando Rezk and pianist Marcela Pedretti plus an absolute beginners class led by Tango Oblivion.

UNSUNG HEROES
Union Hotel, Penzance - 8pm - £6.00
The new Cornwall Songwriters present the story of the lost Heligan gardeners in songs and music.

GOLOWAN COMMUNITY BANNER MAKING WORKSHOPS
FLAGGING SPIRITS AND FLYING COLOURS

St John's Hall, Penzance Free 1pm - 4pm & 6pm - 8pm
It isn't difficult and the sense of achievement in seeing your very own banner flying on Mazey Day is worth every stitch! Experienced sewers and designers are on hand to help. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday 18th

EDUARDO NIEBLA & HUGO ELIZALDE IN CONCERT
The Acorn, Penzance - 8.30pm - £9.00 Adv - £10.00 Door
A thunderstorm of hot flamenco and gypsy jazz.

GOLOWAN COMMUNITY BANNER MAKING WORKSHOPS
FLAGGING SPIRITS AND FLYING COLOURS

St John's Hall, Penzance Free 1pm - 4pm & 6pm - 8pm
It isn't difficult and the sense of achievement in seeing your very own banner flying on Mazey Day is worth every stitch! Experienced sewers and designers are on hand to help. We always welcome the help of sewers and machinists. Materials are supplied but we can always use more fabric scissors, tape measures, needles, and even sewing machines. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday 19th

BRETON MUSIC - SKOLVAN in Concert
The Acorn, Penzance 8.30pm - £12.00
First visit of these fine musicians who are the "sound" of the new edge of the Breton music revival.

Click here
to read the review of Skolvan in concert


BATTLING AND WINNING WITH CORNISH!
Owth arveth ha gwaynya gans Kernuak!
The Acorn, Penzance 2pm - £3.00
Take the first steps to understand and speak an ancient, beautiful, living Celtic language.

WALK THE PENZANCE TOWN TRAIL
With Bryony Rylett from St John's Hall, Penzance at 3pm - £3.00
Facts and stories, reminiscences - the story of the port and town.

GOLOWAN COMMUNITY BANNER MAKING WORKSHOPS
FLAGGING SPIRITS AND FLYING COLOURS

St John's Hall, Penzance Free 10am - 4pm
It isn't difficult and the sense of achievement in seeing your very own banner flying on Mazey Day is worth every stitch! Experienced sewers and designers are on hand to help. We always welcome the help of sewers and machinists. Materials are supplied but we can always use more fabric scissors, tape measures, needles, and even sewing machines. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday 20th

GOLOWAN CIVIC PARADE & CHURCH SERVICE
10.30am from St John's Hall to St John's Church, Penzance. Service at 11am.
Penzance blesses Golowan and its Patron Saint St John The Baptist. All welcome.


TAKE THE NEWLYN TRAIL
Meet at The Mission, Newlyn - 2pm - £3.00 (includes a Trail guide book).
The history and diverse character of the village from its humble beginnings, with Grevis Williams.

SHORELINE - SHALLAL DANCE COMPANY
The Acorn, Penzance 2.30pm - Adv £5.00 - Door £6.00 - Suitable for all ages.
Shallal Dance Theatre integrating dance, drama, music and for the first time film.

THE BOTALLACK & KENIDJACK CLIFFS
Meet at the Botallack Count House car park at 2pm. £3.00 Adult - Children £1.50.
Guided walk with the National Trust's Paul Bonnington and Jon Brookes.

THE GREAT GOLOWAN PASTY CHALLENGE 2004
The Yacht Inn, Penzance. All entries by 4pm latest. Tasting at 4.30pm
Can you make the Perfect Pasty? Open to all bakers, chefs, househusbands and housewives.

TONGUE PIE - STORY NIGHT
The Acorn, Penzance 7.30pm - £6.00
Scummow! Washed up stories, tide lines and wind blown words. New stories from Cornish writers.

GHOULIES AND GHOSTIES AND LONG LEGGEDY BEASTIES!
Tourist information Centre, Pz Bus Station - 8.30pm - £3.00 Adults, £2.00 Children
Join ghost hunter Ian Addicoat on a walk to Penzance's haunts. Be very, very afraid!

Monday 21st

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT - NEW CORNISH FILMS
The Acorn, Penzance 8.00pm - £5.00 Adv - £6.00 Door
PREMIERE of The Wrecking Season (Nick & Jane Darke)
The Carpenter, The Virgin & The Wardrobe (Lucy Fontaine), An Mor Daskorr (Given back by the sea), Scummow - rough cut of a Golowan school project, O Region's Rough Cuts.

THE BLACK WOOD OF MADRON - W.S. GRAHAM IN PENWITH
The Union Hotel, Penzance - 7.30pm - £5.00
Poems and letters crafted during his time in Penwith, presented by Phil Bowen.

GOLOWAN COMMUNITY BANNER MAKING WORKSHOPS
FLAGGING SPIRITS AND FLYING COLOURS

St John's Hall, Penzance Free 1pm - 4pm & 6pm - 8pm
It isn't difficult and the sense of achievement in seeing your very own banner flying on Mazey Day is worth every stitch! Experienced sewers and designers are on hand to help. We always welcome the help of sewers and machinists. Materials are supplied but we can always use more fabric scissors, tape measures, needles, and even sewing machines. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.

GOLOWAN CHOIR WORKSHOPS
St John's Hall, Penzance 6pm - 7.30pm £20.00 (for all the week's sessions)
Bookings - Mary Woodvine - 01736 332596
The Golowan Choir has become an annual institution, taking to the streets and Festival Marquee over the Big Weekend. Places are limited, so please reserve yours as soon as possible.

Tuesday 22nd

KRIS GAYLE AND THE VIV RODD TRIO
The Acorn, Penzance 8.30pm - £8.00
Penwith's jazz jewel, Kris Gayle with Viv Rodd, Terry Rodd and Goudie Charles.

PROMENADE ALONG THE PROM
Jubilee Pool, Penzance at 6pm - £3.00 Adults - Child (5 - 16yrs) £1.50
Bryony Rylett takes you along the prom to Newlyn - tales of pubs, painters and peeping toms.

GOLOWAN COMMUNITY BANNER MAKING WORKSHOPS
FLAGGING SPIRITS AND FLYING COLOURS

St John's Hall, Penzance Free 1pm - 4pm & 6pm - 8pm
It isn't difficult and the sense of achievement in seeing your very own banner flying on Mazey Day is worth every stitch! Experienced sewers and designers are on hand to help. We always welcome the help of sewers and machinists. Materials are supplied but we can always use more fabric scissors, tape measures, needles, and even sewing machines. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.

GOLOWAN CHOIR WORKSHOPS
St John's Hall, Penzance 6pm - 7.30pm £20.00 (For all the week's sessions)
Bookings - Mary Woodvine - 01736 332596
The Golowan Choir has become an annual institution, taking to the streets and Festival Marquee over the Big Weekend. Places are limited, so please reserve yours as soon as possible.

Wednesday 23rd - St John's Eve

TRADITIONAL MUSIC - CELTISH
The Acorn, Penzance 8.30pm - £8.00 Adv - £10.00 Door
An explosive mixture of Celtic music - jigs, reels, tunes and songs.

CORNISH LADS LOOKING AHEAD
The Union Hotel, Penzance 7.30pm - £4.00
Bert Biscoe, Pol Hodge and Roger Bryant with dialect, songs, poems and Kernewek.


QUAY FAIR OPENS at 6.30pm
Near the Jubilee Pool, Penzance
From 6.30 pm till late Weds, Thurs, Fri. From 10.30am on Mazey Day and Quay Fair Day.

GOLOWAN COMMUNITY BANNER MAKING WORKSHOPS
FLAGGING SPIRITS AND FLYING COLOURS

St John's Hall, Penzance Free 1pm - 4pm & 6pm - 8pm
It isn't difficult and the sense of achievement in seeing your very own banner flying on Mazey Day is worth every stitch! Experienced sewers and designers are on hand to help. Children under ten must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday 24th The Feast of John

NOZE LOOAN with DALLA, BAGAS DEGOL, PENDANS
Festival Marquee, The Prom, Penzance 8pm - Adult £4.00 - Child £2.00 (Fam Tkt 2 adults to 3 children under 14 - £15.00)
A feast of Cornish dance and music.

ECHOES AND MEMORIES OF PENWITH - With Chris Blount
St Peters Hall, Newlyn - 8pm - £5.00
Memories, stories, anecdotes, rich dialect, archive Newlyn film.

GOLOWAN CHOIR WORKSHOPS
St John's Hall, Penzance 6pm - 7.30pm £20.00 (For all the week's sessions)
Bookings - Mary Woodvine - 01736 332596
The Golowan Choir has become an annual institution, taking to the streets and Festival Marquee over the Big Weekend. Places are limited, so please reserve yours as soon as possible.

Friday 25th Mazey Eve

Festival Marquee, The Prom, Penzance 8pm - Adult £5.00 - Child £3.00 (Fam Tkt, 2 adults to 3 children under 14 - £15.00)

ELECTION OF THE MOCK MAYOR 2004
Democracy or anarchy? Decorum or debauchery? Have your say & suffer the consequences.
The Hothouse Playboys - Hand-jive, R&B, Doowop, boogie and brylcreem.

SUMMER FIRE - FIREWORKS DISPLAY - Jubilee Pool - 11.20pm

THE SERPENT DANCE AND PENGLAZ - 11.30pm
Penglaz is loose, the Serpent dance is snaking through the streets.

PENWITH'S ANCIENT AND SACRED PLACES
The Acorn, Penzance 7.30pm - £5.00 - Andy Norfolk.
Why are our sacred sites so important? Why do they attract such mystic theories and beliefs?

THE CRYNANT, MARAZION APOLLO AND KANORYON ENEV CHOIRS
St Mary's Church, Chapel Street, Penzance - 7.30pm - (retiring collection)
Crynant Choir from South Wales, Marazion Apollo and Kanoryon Kenev (St. Just community choir).

GOLOWAN CHOIR WORKSHOPS
St John's Hall, Penzance 6pm - 7.30pm £20.00 (For all the week's sessions)
Bookings - Mary Woodvine - 01736 332596
The Golowan Choir has become an annual institution, taking to the streets and Festival Marquee over the Big Weekend. Places are limited, so please reserve yours as soon as possible.

Saturday 26TH MAZEY DAY

One and All gather on the streets of Penzance. Banners, greenery, stalls, street entertainment. Golowan Marquee.
FREE day-time entertainment

MAZEY DAY PROCESSIONS: 9.45am, 10.30am, Midday, 3pm, 4.45pm.

SKATEBOARDING WORKSHOPS
Golowan Showroom, Coinagehall Street, Penzance. (Behind the Festival Marquee)
(also on 27th 10am - 6pm - £5.00 - Weekend ticket £7.50.
Contact Alex Osborn - 07866 388751
A chance to watch and skateboard with professionals from Landscape Skateboards and Slam City Skateboards. All proceeds to help fund the resurfacing of the street skating area at Wherrytown.

CAPOEIRA ANGOLA WORKSHOPS
Golowan Showroom, Coinagehall Street, Penzance (Also on 27th) 12 noon - 2pm - £10.00 per day
For advance booking contact Mick Wheeler - (01736) 363211
Workshops presented by masters, professors, guests and students of the group 'Filhos de Angola'. A chance to watch and learn from the masters. Capoeira Angola is an art form: a dynamic fusion of music, dance, acrobatics, game-play and martial art. Students train in the movements, rhythms and songs which make up the performance of a 'Roda'(circle). A traditional 'Roda de Capoeira' will be presented on Quay Fair Day in the Festival Marquee and on the Prom.

DANCE THE TANGO WORKSHOP
Golowan Showroom 2.30pm - 4.00pm - £3.00
Buenos Aires comes to Penzance. Learn how to dance the sizzling Argentine Tango in this taster session with Hilary & Simon from Latin Quarter.

ACHANAK
Festival Marquee, The Prom, Penzance 8.30pm £12.00
Ground-breaking band who have conquered the bhangra live circuit.

THE ST MEWAN SINFONIA
St Mary's Church, Chapel Street, Penzance - Free (retiring collection) 7.30pm
This acclaimed Sinfonia and Cornish classical pianist Jonathan Delbridge in a varied programme.

Sunday 27TH - QUAY FAIR DAY

Quay Fair & free Marquee day programme.
QUAY DAY STREET MARKET
From the exotic to the absurd, trinkets to finery, candles to crafts.
SEA AND SAIL
The maritime celebration of Golowan, adding interest and a riot of colour to our working port.
DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITIONS
On the quayside ,fender making, nautical knots and much more.
PENZANCE MODEL BOATS
The Boating Lake Wherrytown 10am to 4pm
Hundreds of hand crafted models, class yachts and Formula fast electric boats. Joined this year by duck races.
MAZEY BOATS
The Boating Lake Wherrytown - Official launch - 1pm
An armada of amazing craft competing for the Mazey Boats certificates.
GOLOWAN CRICKET MATCH - Golowan versus Mumbles
Gulval Cricket Club - 2pm at the ground - earlier, Coldstreamers Inn, Gulval
BASINS, BATTERIES AND BARBICANS
Meet outside the Dolphin Inn 1.00pm - £2.00
A guided walk and talk through the story of the port of Penzance with Clive Carter.
RIGHT UP YOUR SUNDAY STREET
Entertainment in your tent, up the quay, around the gardens, along the Prom.

SKATEBOARDING WORKSHOP
Golowan Showroom, Coinagehall Street, Penzance. (Near the Festival Marquee.)
Also on 26th. 10am - 6pm - £5.00 - Weekend ticket £7.50. Contact Alex Osborn - 07866 388751
A chance to watch and skateboard with professionals from Landscape Skateboards and Slam City Skateboards. All proceeds to help fund the resurfacing of the street skating area at Wherrytown.

CAPOEIRA ANGOLA WORKSHOP
Golowan Showroom, Coinagehall Street, Penzance. (Near the Festival Marquee.) Also on 26th. 12 noon - 2pm - £10.00 per day
For advance booking contact Mick Wheeler - (01736) 363211
Workshops presented by masters, professors, guests and students of the group 'Filhos de Angola'. A chance to watch and learn from the masters. Capoeira Angola is an art form: a dynamic fusion of music, dance, acrobatics, game-play and martial art. Students train in the movements, rhythms and songs which make up the performance of a 'Roda'(circle) - sometimes delicate, sometimes fast, the game should always be played with cunning. A traditional 'Roda de Capoeira' will be presented on Quay Fair Day in the Festival Marquee and on the Prom.

SALSA WORKSHOP
2.30pm - 4pm - £2.00:
Golowan Showroom, Coinagehall Street, Penzance. (Near the Festival Marquee.)
Warm-up for the Asere with Nina the Salsa Queen as she introduces salsa technique to the uninitiated, with the assistance of the guest dancers. A wicked way to loosen up, partner up, get into the Asere groove and prepare to pop some moves in the Marquee later in the evening.

LAST NIGHT ON THE PROM - ASERE - Festival Marquee - 8.00pm - £10.00
All Cuban young bloods. Salsa, Son and Merengue with dynamic, infectious energy.


For tickets and information contact the
Festival Booking Office :
01736 365520
Visit the website:
www.golowan.com

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