Special light show at St George’s Church to mark Project 200 milestone and Christmas

St George's Church Photo Brian Whitehead

A special light show will be projected on the façade of the tower at St George’s Church in Ramsgate to mark one year of Project 200 -leading up to the church’s 200th anniversary n 2027 – and join the town’s Christmas light switch-on.

People are invited to make their way up to St George’s Church on November 26 from 5pm to join the celebrations

After the Christmas lights have been switched on in the town at 4.30pm, GB Carnival and their band Samba Ya Wantsum will lead the way from the town centre up to St George’s, where visitors will be welcomed to the church to warm up with hot drinks and mince pies.

Jemima Brown, St George’s regeneration officer said: “People have responded so positively to the fact our iconic lantern at St George’s is lit at night all year-round, but it means we can’t coincide a ‘switch on’ with the Christmas lights like we did last year.

“Instead, James Brown AV will project a special light show onto the façade of the tower and we are inviting the whole town to come to this beautiful display.”

Inside the church, as well as refreshments there will be live music with Free-Range Orchestra, accompanying video animations projected by students from the Visual Communication course at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). The Free-Range Orchestra (FRO) was formed to offer a platform to practitioners and performers in East Kent, to work together and collaborate with partners such as UCA. In this instance, UCA students will be creating imagery that responds to the orchestra improvisation as well as the space of St. George’s.

Jemima added: “With funding provided by the Diocese of Canterbury, Project 200 is our 5-year regeneration project leading up the 200th Anniversary of St George’s Church in 2027. “We are keen to recruit more volunteers to the Friends of St George’s, so this event will be a good opportunity for people who would like to get involved. At the end of what’s been a busy first year, this event will be a chance to reflect upon the achievements of Project 200 so far and we hope local people will come along to celebrate with us.”

The event is free, donations welcome, and open to all.

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