An exhibition celebrating the last 15 years of the Erewash Festival of Light opens at Erewash Museum’s Lally Gallery on Saturday 19 June until the end of July.

‘EFL Days – an exhibition of Erewash Festival of Light’ will feature an array of fascinating photographs of families enjoying the many popular events including Diwali, the Christmas Lights switch-on in Ilkeston and Long Eaton, Chinese New Year, Winter Solstice and the annual Civic Bonfire and Fireworks display at West Park, Long Eaton.

On the final day of the exhibition, Saturday 31 July, there will be captivating theatre sessions taking place run by Live and Local. Visitors can experience the all new, ‘A Touch of History’ educational boxes, a fun resource designed around major events in the Festival of Light calendar and include ‘festival-themed’ objects for visitors to handle and learn from. There will also be a chance to experience creative workshops. 

A selection of the stunning celebrated lanterns from past events including the Year of the Ox which represents strength will be on show, and veteran Festival of Light artists, Avago Crafts, are working on something very special, a new lantern that will take centre stage celebrating the festival in style. 

Lead Member for Community Engagement, Councillor Val Clare, says:
“This new Festival of Light exhibition promises a fascinating look at past events which have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors in Erewash over the years. Hopefully we can welcome back the festival this year for everyone to participate in and enjoy once again.”

The exhibition runs until  Saturday 31 July.

The museum’s opening times are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 10.30am and 3pm with admission by advance booking only to ensure the safety of everyone. The well-being of visitors is paramount and a range of COVID-19 safety measures are in place at the museum.

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