Anniversary festival will go ahead in covid-secure way


Festival director Alan Shepherd with volunteers Karen Foss and Heleena Sullivan Photo Paul Williams

23rd June 2021

By Juliet Lunam

Organisers of the mid-summer celebrations in Penzance – the Golowan Festival – are not letting covid stop them from marking their 30th anniversary.

The event, from June 18-27, is scaled back this year because of pandemic restrictions. Organisers say they had to shelve live music events in places like the Acorn Theatre steps, the promenade and Morrab Gardens Bandstand.

Food and craft stalls in Greenmarket ar Park and the children’s activities – Kids on the Prom on Quay Fair Day have also been cancelled.

But plenty of other things have been lined up, including an exhibition at the former Argos store, in Wharfside Shopping Centre, celebrating 30 years of Golowan since its 1991 revival and looking at its ancient roots.

Last night a fundraiser musical celebration was held at the Acorn Theatre and there are rumours of a surprise planned for Saturday at the same venue.

On Mazey Eve this Friday, the harbour will be lit up by fireworks from 10.45pm-11pm, thanks to Penzance Town Council. And on Mazey Day and Quay Fair days (Saturday and Sunday) Morab Gardens will be transformed into a Serpent Trail of parade images sculpted from willow withies, paint and paper.

All the pieces have been made by children and local artists from schools, colleges and community groups.

Entrance to the gardens will be via the gate on St Mary’s Terrace and will be carefully monitored in the interests of public safety.

A spokesperson for the Golowan team said: “We had wanted to do so much more for the town and our community this year but have, throughout, had to caveat our hopes with ‘subject to prevailing covid restrictions’.

“In the far greater interests of public health and safety this year, circumstances have restricted us but they have not beaten us. The health and safety of our community will always be our first priority but we invite you to enjoy what is on offer in the sure and certain knowledge that with the support of you all the Golowan Festival will bounce back bigger and better than ever in 2022.”
For more information, see the Golowan Festival website.