ReKINdle festival brought magic and light

Posted on 18th November 2022 | in Community

Amble’s Little Shore was transformed into a magical outdoor celebration for the ReKINdle Festival. The shoreline and pier were filled with flags, lights, songs, sounds and a spectacular floating golden phoenix. Organisers extimated over 2000 people visited the event on 12 November.

Floating Phoenix with Lights Reflected in the Water

The floating Phoenix was made by Amble’s Coastal Rowing Club

It was third time lucky for the festival organisers. The event had been due to take place last year instead of the Christmas lights parade, which had been cancelled due to Covid restrictions. But bad weather meant the event had to be postponed – not once, but twice, leaving the festival in limbo until this year.

Flags in the Shape of Seaweed are Lit by Colourful Lights

Banners and flags were lit along the Little Shore

The festival, directed and curated by Dry Water Arts, was part funded by the Arts Council and Amble Events Committee, and the magnificent phoenix was created by Amble’s Coastal Rowing Club.

ReKINdle featured an array of magical banner/kite installations, projections and an atmospheric soundscape with voices of local people and children. Amble’s Harbour Lights Choir were central to the feel-good anthem Good in the World by Steve Jinski, with words provided by people living with dementia who attend Dry Water Arts Centre.

The song can be heard and purchased via Dry Water Arts’ website and all proceeds support Dry Water’s Dementia Positive programme.

Two Women Wearing Lights at the Festival

Two women wearing lights at the ReKINdle festival

Some of your comments

• Awesome, just returned home, a wonderful display, thank you all for your hard work and dedication.
• Really beautiful- Loved it!
• Thank you for all the hard work that made this evenings lights and flags and the glorious Phoenix on the water fabulous, what a great experience.
• Truly spectacular. Well done to Drywater Arts and everyone involved in this amazing event. You really did Amble proud.
• Was spectacular! Such a wonderful atmosphere there and the light installations and sound were fabulous. Well done to Drywater Arts and all involved.
• Stunning initiative – well done to all those involved !!
• Well done to #drywaterarts for their hard work. Best achievement for Amble, keep up the good work and we would love to see more. It was truly spectacular!

Photos by Anna Williams, Judith Hardisty, Lynne Morelli, Wobbly Fingers and John Young

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One thought on "ReKINdle festival brought magic and light"

  1. Mona Lott says:

    Amazing Evening, looked like straight out of the sets of Midsomer Murder, rather strange for Amble.

    Amble was a down to earth little town with straightforward names. Drywater Arts is so not Amble, Warkworth maybe. Is drywater what you get when dry ice melts? Then there is the ‘harbour lights’ monicker. Pray, what is ReKindle, what is KIN, what has a phoenix got to do with Christmas or even Amble as I don’t remember Amble ever destroyed by fire.

    Everyone enjoyed, lights, parade, music, pubs full.

    Will there be a solstice event?

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