Illuminate Rotherhithe

Illuminate Rotherhithe will return to the London borough again in 2019 as part of the launch of the Mayflower 400 commemoration year around the globe.

Illuminate Rotherhithe is a free autumn festival inspired by the histories of the Thames, the docks and migration. The event features a lantern procession and lantern-making workshops. Now in it’s 3rd successful year, Illuminate Rotherhithe is expanding into Bermondsey with a new procession route from the Blue Market and joining the Rotherhithe Procession for a celebration at St. James Church.

The two symbolic lantern processions will take place on Friday, November 29.

Rotherhithe Lantern Procession assembles from 4-4.30pm at St Mary’s Churchyard Gardens, Rotherhithe, arriving St James’s Churchyard Gardens, Bermondsey.

Bermondsey Lantern Procession assembles from 3.30 at The Blue, Market Place, Bermondsey, arriving St James’ church.

The Rotherhithe route is shown below

Illuminate Rotherhithe

Lanterns are being made with local schools and community groups. Artist Frog Morris will be visiting Galleywall School, St James School, Blue Anchor Library and at Made in Bermondsey during October and November to help local residents learn how to make lanterns in preparation for the Bermondsey Parade and invite families and local residents to assemble in the Blue Market for a community procession on Friday 29th November.

The parade is a culmination of the events honouring its close links to the Mayflower story with a series of free events. This year's events include:

  • Family Barn Dance, Saturday November 9, 1-3pm Mayflower Hall, 1 Neptune Street
  • Collection Creatives writing & art group, Saturday November 9, 5.30-7.30pm, Canada Water Library
  • Tales and Songs of Migration Concert, Saturday November 16, 7.30pm, Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
  • Film Screenings weekend Sands Films on the following dates:
    The Pilgrims, Saturday November 23, 11am
    Latcho Drom, Saturday November 23, 4pm
    In My Heart, Sunday November 24, 2pm
    Ai Wei Wei’s Human Flow, Sunday November 24, 5pm
  • Illuminate Rotherhithe Community Show, Saturday November 30, 7.30pm, Finnish Church, Albion Street

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