Schedule of Events
5.45pm. The celebrated choosing of The Lord of Misrule and Lantern lighting. Position yourselves at St John's Hall steps.
6pm. Rivers of Fire Lantern Procession From St John's Hall Penzance to Lescudjack Hillfort. Dress for Montol, wear a Venetian style mask and follow the unique Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band.
6.30pm. Lescudjack Hillfort Performance This includes the lighting of the Beacon and lantern judging by the Lord of Misrule. Fire, dance display and music from the Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band. Hot soup and drinks available from the Tube Van. Follow the Procession as it returns to St John's Hall at 7pm.
7.30pm - 9.30pm. A Montol evening of Guising Performances at St.John’s Hall Music, Mummer’s Play and dance. SPECIAL GUESTS: Flats and Sharps & Bagas Crowd. Refreshments available.
10pm. Torch lit Procession Grab a torch and join in. Led by the Turkey Rhubarb Guise Band from New Street to the car park between PZ Gallery and the Barbican. There, another Beacon will be lit, the 'Mock' will be 'Chalked' and more dancing and merriment will commence!!
The Montol festival is a six day arts and community festival based on Cornish traditions of the past, culminating in the main event, Montol Eve on December 21.
Through the week there are lantern and mask making workshops, strolling bands, carol services, an arts and crafts fair, storytelling and late night shopping in Penzance. During the main event the people of Penzance take part in many of the Cornish traditional customs of Midwinter and Christmas including Guise dancing when many people wear traditional masks, dress in disguise and wear mock formal costume. Several fire beacons are lit throughout the town and there’s the chalking and burning of the Mock, the Cornish Yule log.
Montol Eve has the theme of light and darkness so during the proceedings you can listen to traditional music, watch the amazing fire throwing and join in the carols. There are two torch lit processions to watch, too. The first leaves at 6pm from St John's Hall, with a second procession starting at 10.30pm in Chapel Street. Anyone can join the parades, just come dressed in the traditional style of masks, mock posh, ribbons and formal hats. The processions are followed by a Montol Street party when Chapel Street is closed for street entertainment featuring a Fire Show, music in the pubs and on the street and Guise dancers.
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