Events taking place in and around North West Cornwall
The Montol Festival is a six-day arts and community festival celebrating the midwinter solstice and Cornish traditions of the past, culminating in the main event, Montol Eve on December 21.
Through the week there are lantern and mask making workshops, strolling bands, carol services, storytelling, Mummers Plays, a ceilidh and late night shopping in Penzance. During the main event the people of Penzance take part in many of the Cornish traditional customs of Midwinter and Christmas including Guise dancing when many people wear traditional masks, dress in disguise and wear mock formal costume. Several fire beacons are lit throughout the town with the chalking and burning of the Mock, the Cornish Yule log and dancing to follow.
Find out more; https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on/seasonal/west-cornwall/penzance/montol-festival
A new exhibition at Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance celebrates the diverse range of work produced over the lifetime of this intriguing artist. ‘John Armstrong: Dream & Reality’ runs from 16 September to 18 November and features over 70 paintings, many of them on loan from national art organisations.
The first major survey of his work since 1975, it highlights John Armstrong’s extraordinary and colourful life that encompassed both art and design, film and fashion.
Find out more; https://www.penleehouse.org.uk/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=visitcornwall.com&utm_campaign=listing
Minack Theatre to be transformed into an outdoor cinema for one weekend only
The world famous location will provide the setting for a special outdoor screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Jamaica Inn,’ marking the first time the Minack Theatre has been used for a film event.
The event, ‘On the Rocks,’ presented by Compass Presents and Bristol's Watershed Art's Centre will consist of the film screening and an archive film trail, where the cliff faces and rocks of the open air amphitheatre will be animated with film and projection.
Find out more on their website: http://compasspresents.com/beta/portfolio/on-the-rocks/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=visitcornwall.com&utm_campaign=listing
Stanhope Forbes (1857 – 1947) was one of the ‘greats’ of the Newlyn School artists’ colony which flourished in the southernmost tip of Cornwall from the 1880s onwards.
A new exhibition at Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance, Stanhope Forbes: Father of the Newlyn School, brings together over seventy works painted by Forbes during the course of his long career. Many of the pictures in the exhibition have been sourced from private collections and are rarely seen. Others have been borrowed from national and regional museums, making this exhibition the most comprehensive survey of Forbes’s work for many years.
It's that time again where the Golowan festival comes to Penzance.
In the late 1800s, Golowan was one of the last surviving midsummer festivals practised in Cornwall. Revived in 1991, The Golowan Festival has today become the most colourful community festival in the South West, blending Cornish tradition with contemporary imagery and ritual.
The festival brings the past and present, together in a community celebration of the traditional midsummer Feast of St John. The festival has a packed programme of artists in celebration of music, performing arts and theatre. Events include a fireworks display on the prom, Mazey Day, spectacular parades through the streets and a host of street entertainment.
Taken from; https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on/traditional-cultural/west-cornwall/penzance/golowan-festival
What's it all about?
A weekend of Cornish food, beer and bands in the little harbour town of Porthleven. Fill your shopping bags with Cornish food, eat yourself silly, and drink until you are merry. Marquees on the quayside will be packed full of tasty treats, live music and cookery demonstrations. You might even spot the odd celebrity chef around too.
For more information on the Festival go to: www.porthlevenfoodfestival.com
Taken from; visitcornwall.com
What’s it all about?
The St Ives Feast is an ancient tradition that celebrates the anniversary of the consecration of the Parish Church of St Eia in 1434 AD and offers a rare chance to watch the game of Hurling the Silver Ball, a centuries old form of rugby.
The feast day falls on February 9 and starts off with the mayor’s civic procession for the blessing at St Ia Well near Porthmeor Beach followed by the start of the boisterous hurling of the silver ball when participants attempt to win the ball off each other around the town. Whoever returns the ball to the mayor on the steps of St Ives Guildhall on the stroke of midday receives a silver coin. In the afternoon, pennies are proffered from the balcony by town councillors to the waiting children on the Guildhall forecourt.
How can you take part?
Taking place in one of Cornwall’s most popular seaside towns, watching the hurling is an intriguing insight into one of Cornwall’s most ancient traditions. Take a ring side seat near the beach and cheer for your favourite participant, some of whom dive into the chilly sea to escape with the ball.
Did you know?
Hurling the Silver Ball is one of Cornwall's oldest customs dating back at least a thousand years. Of unknown origin, the game involves much physical rough and tumble as each side (traditionally the 'countrymen' and 'townsmen' of a particular parish) tries to keep possession of a cricket ball-sized ball made of apple wood coated in silver. These days, Cornish Hurling has all but disappeared, although it is still played once a year in St Ives and St Columb Major, near Newquay.
Taken from ; https://www.visitcornwall.com/whats-on/st-ives-feast-hurling-silver-ball
The Cornwall Film Festival celebrates local and international filmmaking. The Festival offers local and national premieres, professional development workshops, lectures and parties, providing the opportunity to network with the UK’s leading industry professionals.
The festival remains a unique event in UK film making and exhibition. It is the only film festival that nurtures professional development of students and established filmmakers. On offer are British and international feature films, many in preview and Cornish features, all with Q & As, British and international documentaries, over 100 Cornish and international short films, including competition screenings in six genres, special screenings including surf, archival and Cornish and Celtic-language films, plus workshops, talks and parties.
St Ives festival started in 1978, the festival lasts for fifteen days offering a wide range of music, arts and literature events in locations throughout St Ives, attracting visitors from far and wide.
In 2016 Rick Wakeman is head lining plus other acts include Sound of the Sirens, Juan Martin’s Flamenco Trio and Baka Beyond. Ticket prices vary depending upon event, from £20 to £22.50.
Ticketed gigs take place at The Guildhall and The Western Hotel which hosts a full programme. There will be music of all types in the Guildhall and the Pubs.
Other attractions include arts workshops and classes, arts exhibitions, talks, walks, theatre, comedy, films, cabaret, street entertainment, poetry, and many other events. As well as Open Studios, where local artists open their workspaces to the public in order to feature their work in art, ceramics, textiles and glass; there will also be an art exhibition in the St Ives School of Painting and ceramic pit firing on Porthmeor Beach.