Lowender Peran is an annual international festival which celebrates Cornish culture and its Celtic links. Originally held in Perranporth, 2015 will see the festival move to Newquay with events going on throughout the town with the main hub at the Atlantic Hotel from 14th – 18th October 2015.
The aim of the festival is to promote all aspects of Cornwall’s distinctive culture by creating showcase and participatory cultural events and encouraging cultural exchange with Brittany, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. The organisers also aim to actively engage the involvement of key communities in the festival e.g. schools and special needs groups and to actively seek a new audience for Cornish cultural events through targeted marketing and special events.
The event will be made up of, concerts, dance, workshops, outdoor events and musical sessions including beginner/improver sessions which will run at a slower are pace for those that are new. There will also be Cornish language events, storytelling, a craft fair and talks from the Newquay Old Cornwall Society.
As a festival that takes place in a quieter period between the summer holidays and October half term, the festival organisers feel they have a commitment to supporting local businesses in the shoulder season. Each year around 2,500 have enjoyed the Lowender Peran festival in Perranporth. By moving to a bigger town this number is expected to grow considerably.
As an international festival Lowender Peran also attracts a large number of local and overseas visitors every year. There will be demand for accommodation providers and cafes/bars in particular during the festival period.
We are working with Lowender Peran to help them find further opportunities for the festival to promote similar events going on in Newquay during the same week as the festival. If you would like to find out how you can get invovled please get intouch with the BID on 01637 498599. You can also visit the Lowender Peran website at www.lowenderperan.co.uk/ to find out more about the festival and the events taking place throughout the 5 days.