Crook Winter Light Parade - A Carnival of Colours

by Jack Drum Arts in Crook, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £15,464

raised so far



To bring members of our community together to create a spectacular Carnival celebrating diversity, and the festive season on New Years Eve.

by Jack Drum Arts in Crook, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 19th November 2022 we'd raised £10,730 with 106 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

With additional funding we will be able to sustain our year round programme of activities for young people particularly during the winter months when our energy costs will be at their highest.  Our youth sessions will provide regular weekly access to youth theatre, samba drumming, games night and rock band sessions alongside a Feb half term holiday project. 

Our regular sessions for young people are open access and youth-driven sharing a common focus of building emotional resilience, physical activity, creative channeling of emotions, addressing current social issues, hopefulness and youth empowerment.

Through these sessions we’ve also been running social action projects such as B.O.P Fest, a youth produced music festival which equips young people with the tools to create and take charge of their own social action projects encouraging a sense of purpose, creating meaningful change in the community, and promoting team work and social co-operation.

Jack Drum Arts is a social enterprise providing creative opportunities for the communities of South West Durham with a specific focus on Crook, Willington, Tow Law and the surrounding villages. 

Central to our mission is to improve the lives of those who are disadvantaged, promoting improved wellbeing and resilience whilst tackling loneliness and isolation. We do this through delivery of high quality, engaging and fun arts activities that improve the mental health and resilience of all those we work with, building skills and confidence, whilst supporting individuals to make a positive contribution to community cohesion, pride and promote social change.

Over the last 36 years we have become the living hub of multiple communities inclusive of young people, families, and the refugee community, co-creating empowering, large-scale outdoor community events such as Crook Winter Light Parade and social action initiatives such as B.O.P Fest that contribute to the ongoing improvement of a left behind area of County Durham.


Crook Winter Light Parade is our flagship event, taking place on the last Sunday in November. Since the first in 2015, we have grown each Parade in scale and ambition, and it has become a highly anticipated cultural event which is very well attended and supported by our local community. The Parade serves as a valuable moment of shared experience, galvanising community spirit for all who are involved with thousands of people coming together to take part and experience it each year.  

This year, despite submitting a number of grant applications to produce the event, we have not been able to secure the funds we need to make it happen.  So, with no time to secure funds to hold the Parade on the last Sunday in November, we have decided to move the date of Crook Winter Light Parade to December 31st. With your help we aim to raise sufficient funds through crowdfunding to produce a spectacular and ambitious New Years Parade for our hometown of Crook and bring professional street theatre peformers, puppeteers, dancers, makers, and local music acts to the streets of Crook for a magical event. As always, we aim to build on the success of previous years and bring local people of all ages and abilities together to celebrate and mark the end of 2022. 

We can only reach our target with your help. 


 “It was a beautiful bright parade, everyone in Crook came out to see it. I have never seen so many people in the street at once. It was lovely how there wasn’t just adults involved, there were plenty of children there enjoying themselves.”

Crook Winter Light Parade – A Carnival of Colours  will celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our community with a wintertime procession through the streets of Crook. Featuring illuminated puppets, carnival costumes, music, and dance, co-created with our participants, the event will bring people together for a magical evening on New Year’s Eve.

The event will bring local people together to perform alongside professional artists, performers and bands. Participants will collaborate with visual artists creating flags and giant illuminated puppets inspired by themes of diversity. Young people from our outreach programme will co-create dance and circus performance, our community carnival band will co-create new music for performance. Community groups will create lanterns and carnival props for the parade in workshops with guest artists. 


Your donations will help us pay all necessary production costs including road closures, event marshalls, on site first aid, project co-ordination, workshop planning and delivery, materials for our workshops and of course, the incredible street theatre performers and musicians who all contribute towards making the parade a magical event for families to enjoy together.

“There were so many people involved in bringing the whole parade together, all ages and throughout the community. The puppets were amazingly made and the maracatu drumming band and dancers were fantastic. I loved the energy of the parade and that it brought the whole community out together to share in the experience.”


We are very grateful for any donation big or small!  Every little counts so please be a community champion, pledge now and help make great things happen in Crook, County Durham.

“It involves so much of the community around Crook and is amazing as it really brings the town together and gives us a chance to show off what we are about.” 

When and where? If our crowdfunder is successful please come join us on the streets of Crook on Saturday 31st December 2022.


This project offered rewards

£50 or more

A Personalised 'thank you'

Receive a personalised 'thank you' from one of our participants. It may be a catchy song, a beautiful card or a snappy video!

£100 or more

A doorstep Ukulele performance

Members of the Jack Drum Ukulele Ensemble will come to your doorstep and perform a selection of songs from their repertoire for your pleasure! Requests optional! Please note - your doorstep must be within 50 miles of Crook. (Dates to be agreed)

£250 or more

A doorstep storytelling performance

Members of our storytelling team will come to your doorstep and perform theatrical reimaginings of classic folk tales and childrens stories. Please note - your doorstep must be within 50 miles of Crook. (Dates to be agreed)

£500 or more

Free drumming workshop

Receive a free full-day Brazilian Samba drumming workshop for up to 20 people at our venue in Crook, or at your own venue within 50 miles of Crook. (Dates to be agreed)

£1,000 or more

A Runaway Samba performance

Our Carnival Drumming band 'Runaway Samba' will come and play at your house, pub, wedding, birthday, or whatever else you have in mind, within 50 miles of Crook. (Dates to be agreed)

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