About Golowan Festival Organizers:
Golowan Community Arts is a registered charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. Based in Penzance, Cornwall, UK, their primary charitable aim is to:"Advance education for the public benefit through the promotion of art and culture with particular, but not exclusive reference to the art and culture of the Celtic regions of Europe."
Golowan brings together people of all ages in the town's annual June festival and runs year round community projects, which celebrate local culture and enhance the social and natural environment.
The Golowan Festival brings the past and present together in Penzance's community celebration of the traditional Feast of St. John, featuring The Golowan Band, Penglaz, Serpent Dances, The Quay Fair, the demonic democracy of the Mock Mayor Elections, Summer Fire, seaborne visitors to Sea and Sail and Quay Fair Day, banners and greenery, giant imagery and parades. As well as the hundreds of local performers taking part, Golowan is pleased to welcome a host of national and international artists visiting to participate in the full ten day programme of events.
History of the Festival:
The midsummer Feast of John (Gol - Jowan) was revived in 1991 by Alverton School, members of Kneehigh Theatre, Penwith Penninsula Project and Penzance Town Council. That one day of celebration - Mazey Day - has now grown into a ten-day festival, a platform for performers from the national and international stage, attracting over 70,000 visitors. The Golowan Festival has become the most colourful community festival in the South West - totally unique, nationally and internationally, but never losing its sense of tradition and place, blending Cornish tradition with contemporary imagery and ritual.
From simple beginnings, and years of gradual development, Golowan has become a unique Community Arts organisation. It has not been an easy process but the importance of Golowan's role culturally and economically, and its huge potential, is now widely recognised.
Golowan was commended by Common Ground, a charity supporting community celebrations, for fulfilling its rationale and won a Commendation for Excellence in the English Tourist Boards "Awards Excellence -1994" as an example of good practise in the field of Cultural Tourism. Golowan was also one of the twelve examples cited in the Civic Trust's report on "The Vitality and Viability of Town's Programme".
The annual festival has become the catalyst for community projects throughout the year.
Community support and involvement has been the key to Golowan's success. Volunteers of all ages work together to create the festival and give their commitment to make things happen throughout the year.