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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

The Lantern Parade

16th January 2014, 12:00 to 17th January 2014, 13:30, Wolfson Research Institute, Queens Campus

The aim of this programme of work, via a two day conference, is to begin to theorise lantern events in an inter-disciplinary context that will support future collaboration. The purpose is to engender opportunities for academics, participants and practitioners to meet and develop outlines for further work and research. The conference will be based on presentations to prompt discussion, including some practical lantern-making activity, and will be accessible to all. Conversation sessions will develop between small groups comprising community participants, practitioners and academics. Participants are welcomed from across the disciplinary spectrum from Durham University as well as other universities. Artists will be highly-experienced lantern makers and community participants will include head teachers and teaching staff from participating schools.

Lantern parades have become a connecting thread of imagery and engagement in community arts worldwide, and involvement with them by academics and health professionals may direct an inter-disciplinary interest in what makes for human flourishing towards community-based projects that advance action research on the impact of participatory arts on community health and individual well-being. Lantern parades are, literally, occasions to view a community in another light. Sometimes they are one-off events, but in many cases they become annual celebrations generating narratives and traditions, and becoming part of wider programmes of work that connect arts, health education and community development.

The workshop will take place on 16 and 17 January 2014. Places are limited to 30-40 therefore please contact Mike White (, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health, Centre for Medical Humanities and St. Chad’s College for further information.

Timings for 16th January are from noon till approx 9.30pm if attending the evening meal. 

Timings for 17th January are 9.30am-1.30pm.


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