Our View (16-5-2017): Get in the festival spirit

AFTER months of planning, the biennial Kernewek Lowender Cornish Festival is here.

There are more than 50 official and associated events and activities happening around the Copper Coast from today (Tuesday) until Sunday.

If you didn’t grow up in the region, some of them might seem a bit foreign. Well that’s because they literally are!

For example, Gathering of the Bards is a very traditional ritual held entirely in the ancient Cornish language.

While an event such as this is targeted specifically at Bards from around the world, there are plenty of other activities more suitable for the general population.

The main official events are the parade and street party in Moonta on Friday, the village fair in Kadina on Saturday, and the cavalcade of cars and fun fair on Sunday.

Associated activities include everything from dinners, dances, concerts and art exhibitions to open gardens, book launches, competitions and historical walks.

There is something for everyone.

Remember, the event only happens once every two years.

It is a huge boost for tourism and visitors have been arriving on our doorstep from early this week.

With more than 40,000 people expected to attend the Kernewek Lowender, it is time for our region to shine.

Local businesses should be buzzing and many have embraced the spirit, dressing their shop windows and their staff in the Cornish theme.

Volunteers have put in a lot of hours, energy and effort to organise events so it would be great to see as many locals as possible support them.

And what a great excuse to indulge in a Cornish pasty or two!

Amie Price, Editor


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