About Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival

About Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival

Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival was started 30 years ago by Satellite Arts with Slaithwaite Community Association. The festival now takes place every two years (in the odd year) and has grown and developed into an exciting celebration of creativity, crafts and storytelling.

Now an independent, charitable organisation run by local people, the Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival has embraced a role in profiling the uniqueness of Slaithwaite as a place to live, work and visit.

February is a dark time of year; by the end of it we are all ready for a ‘lift’ and the Moonraking Festival provides a welcome diversion from the winter gloom. At its heart is a week of lantern making workshops, where people of all ages create wonderful willow lanterns of all shapes and sizes. This is interwoven with storytelling, music workshops and performances building to the finale day.

Our new initiative, The Handmade Trail, showcases artisan food and craftspeople in the valley and entices people to explore the village and sample its handmade wares before the ultimate enactment of the Slaithwaite Moonraking, grand procession and lots of dancing.

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Become a Festival Sponsor

For over 30 years Slaithwaite Moonraking Festival has been lighting up the Colne Valley and bringing a glow to the village of Slaithwaite.

Every festival year, we have to raise over £15,000 in order to run the festival and cover our running costs. Much of this comes via funding applications, but in recent years budget cuts have seen this funding source decrease.

As a registered charity receiving limited public funding, we face the challenge of meeting our running costs while maintaining our contribution to the community every festival year and 2019 is no different. By supporting the Festival you can help to secure the future this important festival.