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Golowan was revived in 1991 by Alverton School members of
Kneehigh Theatre, Penwith Penninsula Project and Penzance
+ The festival now attracts over 70,000 people.
+ Over 10 days the town has many events which then culminate
in a weekend finale with fireworks and music on Mazey Eve,
then parades and stalls and performance throughout the town
on Mazey Day, followed by Quay Day on the Sunday.
Day was another storming success and the weather was beautiful.
held out almost most of Quay Day on the Sunday, but even a little
rain did not stop everyone from enjoying themselves.
year the theme of the parades was based on the history of Cornish
mining and how Cornish miners have travelled the globe to teach
their techniques to others. Mining originated in Cornwall so the
local schools hand-crafted symbols such as Ganesh to represent India
and a lion for Africa to show the countries where cornish miners
processions carry on throughout Mazey Day
hard work from all the local schools paid off because the parades
were fantastic. Crowds gathered for each procession and clapped
as the schools marched through with their giant structures.
was bustling and people were enjoying looking around the stalls,
listening and watching the vast array entertainment and generally
ambling in the warm sunshine.
'The midsummer Feast of John (Gol - Jowan)' was revived in 1991
by Alverton School, members of Kneehigh Theatre, Penwith Penninsula
Project and Penzance Town Council.
Now attracting over 70,000 visitors, its life started as a 1 day
festival known as Mazey day which has now grown into a 10 day celebration
with national and international performers.
vibrancy and colour, the Golowan Festival fuses together music, theatre
and the art giving the public a chance to enjoy local the work of
local and international artists and performers.