TIDE OF LIGHT

We are aware that speculation about Tide of Light 2018 has been circulating…. this is our official statement.

We will not be holding a lantern parade in 2018, however the event is not being scrapped, we are taking time out to have a development year.

We requested your feedback, we listened to what the community had to say, and what Worthing needed.  We made the tough decision to split from the Worthing Lions Fireworks, simply because the combination of our events had grown too big for a team of volunteers to manage. The responsibility of 40,000 people arriving in the town on a single night was, put simply, scary.  But separating the events and listening to your feedback has made us take stock.

We want to deliver the best community event that this town deserves, but with all our ideas we can’t possibly organise this in such a short space of time.  We don’t want to provide an under-par event, we want it to be AMAZING, so we have decided to spend the next 18 months working on our ideas in the community, building relationships and most importantly raising the funds we need to deliver our vision in 2019.

Our official statement.

We will not be holding a lantern parade in 2018, we are taking time out to have a development year.

We requested your feedback, we listened to what the community had to say, and what Worthing needed.  We made the tough decision to split from the Worthing Lions Fireworks, simply because the combination of our events had grown too big for a team of volunteers to manage. The responsibility of 40,000 people arriving in the town on a single night was for a team of volunteers, simply scary.  But separating the events and listening to your feedback has made us take stock.

We want to deliver the best community event that this town deserves, but with all our ideas we can’t possibly organise this in such a short space of time.  We don’t want to provide an under-par event, we want it to be AMAZING, so we have decided to spend the next 18 months working on our ideas in the community, building relationships and most importantly raising the funds we need to deliver our vision in 2019.

The team of community volunteers that organise and run Tide of Light are going to be working harder than ever in 2018, forging wonderful new relationships with community groups, youth groups and schools bringing a timetable of community arts workshops throughout the year focusing on recycling.  The Tide of Light team will be putting in appearances at many of the main events being held in Worthing this year including the Rotary Carnival, the Green Dreams Festival, Worthing Pride and many more events to be determined as the year progresses.

Tide of Light 2017 unfortunately ran at a defecit, we didn’t raise the amount of money we needed to run the event.  So we will also be spending the time applying for funding, raising money and finding sponsorship, but sadly we can’t hope to raise the amount we need by October.

The Tide of Light group will see many of you in our community throughout the year, so do say hello.  We ALWAYS need volunteers and sponsors and we are hoping also to expand our community group to new members.  The next meeting is due to be held on 21st June, so if you would like to take part and give your help and input we would love to see you.  Just email us for more information: info@tideoflight.co.uk

As a group we are incredibly EXCITED for the coming 18 months developing our ideas and working with new and wonderful organisations such as SouthDowns LeisureCircusSeenThe New Carnival CompanySea Change ArtsThe Cycling Without Age ProjectPark Run and of course existing friends Tot Rocking Beats.

So don’t be sad, Worthing!  Instead support us throughout the year and look forward to all your efforts culminate into a wonderful Tide of Light event in 2019!

For more information on getting involved with the upcoming community projects or to become part of our group, please email info@tideoflight.co.uk

Tide of Light 2017 was amazing!

An estimated 40,000 people came to Worthing this year to party like no other party. That’s you lot you crazy bunch.

We could see the beach from the pier and it was packed for 2 miles in each direction. 40,000 happy faces illuminated by the full moon. It was quite a sight. We have evolved in 5 years to be the biggest event on the South Coast. That is no mean feat, and actually you have done that. By coming out in your thousands, supporting the event and taking part in all that goes on.

Thank you to all who helped who organised the night. Thanks also to our amazing sponsors and volunteers who actually bring the plans to life on the night making over 100 people working together to bring this party to town.

This event is truly a collective working together. We want your feedback, we want your views and we love the fact you’re talking about how to make it better, because rest assured, we will.

Thank you for being the most amazing town, you did us proud.

 

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