FEAST and the CCF support the Lostwithiel Giant
24 February 2017
In 1990 a group of local musicians and craftspeople began making giants to celebrate the coming of the New Year. The idea was to “attempt to create a new tradition or custom that could be an alternative to pub and party type celebrations”. The New Years Giant Procession is now in it's 26th year and has become a significant part of Lostwithiel's identity and cultural heritage.
A new addition for 2016 was a giant building workshop for the community of Lostwithiel, supported by FEAST and the CCF. The professional artist-led workshops took place over two days in the heart of the town and provided a range of activities that were engaging and accessible for both experienced giant makers and complete beginners. The festival’s aim is to reach out to the wider community and giving them the necessary skills to keep this valuable tradition alive. Lostwithiel has had an influx of new residents in recent years and the organisers put particular emphasis on inviting and involving new families to share in old traditions.
More than 500 people attended the Giant Procession and over 100 participated in the workshops from Lostwithiel and neighbouring areas including Bodmin and Par. A wonderful group from France also joined the workshops and the procession, and were a very welcome addition, joining in the parade with a variety of circus skills.
Enthusiastic comments reflected the community spirit that the event created.
“We were very pleased to see the response for the Lostwithiel Giants' workshops and the turn-out on the night. New faces as well as familiar ones. The involvement of singers and some older townsfolk with sewing and making skills were particularly welcome but the best part was the growing number of younger people being involved. It bodes well for the continued celebration of our community spirit.”
“My whole family really enjoyed the workshop. It was great to work on a unique project together, it gave us a chance to meet other local families and it made us feel like we were really part of the action on New Year's Eve.”
“Having just recently moved to Cornwall we are keen to get involved with local activities. My husband and I (both 50 years old) were not disappointed, we had an amazing time and really enjoyed the making process and the social side too. The results were outstanding and everyone came up with totally different ideas. A perfect day! Thank you! Looking forward to the next one.”
“Awesome workshop that was run by a dedicated bunch of passionate people. The end result was simply beautiful. Thanks Lostwithiel Giants!”