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The flags fly for another fantastic festival
Part of the spectacular street displays
The streets of Penzance came alive with colour

Golowan Festival has once again been a massive success.

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

Golowan Festival

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+ Golowan was revived in 1991 by Alverton School members of Kneehigh Theatre, Penwith Penninsula Project and Penzance Town Council.

+ 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.

Mazey Day was another storming success and the weather was beautiful.

It held out almost most of Quay Day on the Sunday, but even a little rain did not stop everyone from enjoying themselves.

This 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 have travelled.

Procession's through Market Jew Street
The processions carry on throughout Mazey Day

The 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.

Penzance was bustling and people were enjoying looking around the stalls, listening and watching the vast array entertainment and generally ambling in the warm sunshine.

Celebrating '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.

Full of 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.
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