Celebrating the 33rd year of its revival, the Golowan Festival once again provided the perfect antidote to troubled times, lifting spirits, raising hopes, and binding the community together. The theme this year was “Golowan Celebrates Our Town, Our Planet” which reflected the power of the community to come together and appreciate what really matters.
Something that really to matters to the Festival and Penzance is its reputation as one of the country’s most “plastic free” locations, and in 2023 Golowan again worked closely with Plastic Free Penzance and its lead partner Penzance Town Council, to encourage all festival visitors to minimise single-use plastic. Historically, single use drinks cups have littered the streets, shores and sea of Penzance and the associated potential for pollution is vast.
To combat this, with the support of Penzance College and with the help of a substantial grant from The Naturesave Trust, Golowan was able again to supply 7,000 reusable plastic cups to main outlets throughout the town, including the Festival Marquee. “Thanks particularly this year, in challenging times” said Festival Director, Alan Shepherd “to the support of The Naturesave Trust, we were again able to provide Golowan Reusable Cups throughout the Festival with the fantastic result that by the end, 33,000 less single-use throwaway cups were used and further harm to the eco-system and sea life through plastic pollution avoided.”
Golowan Festival CIC is a 10-day festival of arts, performances, culture and parades. It’s the UK’s second largest street festival. You can learn more about their work here.