Local people in Montgomeryshire will be working with internationally renowned artist from Wild Boar Press and pa-BOOM to create a beautiful spectacle for everyone to enjoy. The ‘beacon’ event in Newtown’s Dolerw Park on 16th October 2015 has been organised to celebrate the Salmon, the Severn and the connection they have to our community.

A spectacle of projected animations and a river of lights will welcome a procession of salmon lanterns as they arrive in the park.

The Severn Rivers Trust, RSPB and Oriel Davies Gallery are working together with lantern artist Rachel Ellis to create an array of beautiful salmon lanterns with local schools and scouts.

We are holding free lantern building workshops (open to all ages) in Newtown on 3rd and 4th October at the Newtown Scout hut. Please contact 07967494219 for more details.

A powerful soundtrack to the animation is being recorded as a collaboration between some very well-known local recording artists and members of the community.

It has a fabulous Welsh language poem written by Arwyn Davies of Dyffryn Banw embedded into it, taking the salmon as a metaphor for the young people who leave for the city in search of work – and who then come back, ‘called’ by their home soil. There will be parts for school children to play during soundtrack recording sessions with local schools.

Creative Wales Award holder and internationally acclaimed musician Christine Mills has been recorded playing the triple harp and John Nielson, another local talent with an international reputation played harmonium. Recording has taken place during a workshop in Capel Briw, on the north side of the Tanat Valley.

Editors Notes

For more details about Severn Rivers Trust and other volunteering opportunities contact Lisa Barlow: 07967 494219

The Severn Rivers Trust is an independent environmental charity established to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of the rivers, streams, watercourses and water impoundments in the Severn catchment and to advance the education of the public in the management of water and the wider environment. We work and engage with local communities, young adults and children to promote the importance of the water environment.

The Trust’s vision is to have living, working landscapes which deliver employment, food and amenity, without impacting on our rivers, lakes and biodiversity, and without the need for heavy regulation and supervision. The Severn Rivers Trust is the only organisation with active interests in the whole of the River Severn Catchment from Source to sea.