Darwen Light Night coming soon…

Date: June 19th 2013

An exciting event to bring the community together and to celebrate the best of the town is being planned for Darwen. Darwen Light Night will see the skies and buildings of Darwen illuminated in a dazzling spectacular delivered through a partnership between Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, local businesses and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

As part of the group of entrepreneurial academies sponsored by The Aldridge Foundation, DACA students are encouraged to incorporate the core attributes of entrepreneurship in to themselves and their studies, and are also taught the importance of using these skills to contribute to the community around them. This event is a fantastic example of how these lessons are being put in to action in an exciting way that enables everybody from the community the chance to come together and get involved. The event will involve music, entertainment, late night shopping, food and drink and of course a lot of lights!

Katherine Taylor, Darwen Creates Project Manager at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy said “The purpose of the event is to celebrate business in Darwen, to launch Global Entrepreneurship Week and a week of entrepreneurial activity. We have already had overwhelming support from the community and we would love for all the business in Darwen to support the event. There are many different ways businesses can get involved and pledge their support; from helping to spread the word to working with us to light up their buildings. We are working closely with Classic Fireworks to make sure Darwen will be seen as it never has before”

From now up until the date of the event, provisionally set for 16th November, DACA will be working closely with young people to help them get involved. Young people can help with everything from lighting and fireworks to music and performance or even get support to set up a business for the event. Schools and Youth Organisations in Darwen are being urged to register their interest now.

The theme for Global Entrepreneurship Week this year is “take a step forward”.  Building on last year’s invitation to “pass it on”, staff at DACA are hoping that the Light Night will be the start of a week of activities that will encourage current and aspiring entrepreneurs to take a step forward in their plans – whether that’s starting a business or seizing a new opportunity.

Michelle Billington, Assistant Principal Entrepreneurship and Community at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy said “This event will be a great way to celebrate the 10thAnniversary of Global Entrepreneurship Week and a chance for all existing and budding entrepreneurs to showcase their entrepreneurial talents.  We work hard at DACA to create opportunities that will develop the entrepreneurial capabilities of all of our students and those of the local community, this event will be an occasion to remember.”

The opportunities are for all, budding entrepreneurs will  be able to apply for a small grant and use an empty shop in the town, to test trade over the Christmas period, thanks to support from the High Street Innovation Fund.

Darwen will be seen in a new light this November with prominent buildings lit up, lasers and lights shining in the sky.  The event will culminate in a fantastic display of light, fire and fireworks from the market square.

If you want to get involved in the event please contact Katherine Taylor on 01254 819555 or email darwencreates@daca.uk.com

Darwen Light Night is being organised by Darwen Aldridge Community Academy and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council with funding support from the High Street Innovation Fund.

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