Moonshine 2022 was the start of our campaign to bring back the 2023 Slaithwaite Moonraking Lantern Festival by putting ourselves back on the map, locally and regionally, with another window trail.
The preparation and run-up to Moonshine 2022 felt very different this year as we were back to normal life, all be it with some restrictions. We gave out over 600 packs for creating windows and were delighted that schools and businesses embraced making their own window pictures this year, with businesses in Upper Mills, along the canal creating a bespoke light installation! We ran some window workshops for children in the half term thanks to Colne Valley Help funding, alongside our on-line workshops and creative resources.
Hundreds of households got involved and the streets were animated once more with an array of wonderful, illuminated pictures lit over 4 days for people to walk round Slaithwaite to find.
Have a look at our 2022 gallery on Instagram
Film 1: Commissioned from film-maker Andy Wicks as a resource to help us access support for the Moonraking Festival in the future.
Discover the Enchanting Moonshine Festival of Slaithwaite!
Film 2: KLTV visited ‘Slawit’ during this year’s festival to speak with co-ordinator, Gill Bond about the importance of the event to the local community and how they kept the spirit alive throughout the pandemic.
The History of the Slaithwaite Moonraking Legend
Film 3: A new film curated by Ben Flexen giving a brief history of the legend of the Slaithwaite Moonrakers from its earliest origins to the Moonraking Festival of today, produced by Kirklees Local Studies Library
Gill Bond and the Moonshine Festival on ITV Calendar
Film 4: Moonshine on Calendar News.