1st Light – Reflection and Remembering

1st Light – Reflection and Remembering

1st Light – Reflection and Remembering

Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd November 2018

As part of Allhallowtide celebrations the city will host 1st Light, a series of events on 1st & 2nd of November, aimed at bringing people together in reflection to honour the dead.

Allhallowtide or Hallowmas is the triduum of Western Christian observances to remember and honour the dead which includes All saints Eve (Hallowe’en), All Saints Day (All Hallows) and All Souls Day.

Local traditions include setting a place at the table for those departed, attending mass or special services, lighting candles or placing lanterns, gifts or flowers on graves.

In almost every culture there is a belief that the dead should be honoured, be it out of respect or a fear of ghostly retribution. In some cultures there are holidays set aside specifically to commemorate the dead, which vary from reserved veneration to an all-out party celebration.

Thursday 1st November

1st Light Lantern Making Workshops

Guildhall, Whittaker Suite

4pm – 6pm


Create personalised lanterns of Remembrance and Reflection to be placed in Guildhall Square on 1st November from 6pm to mark 1st Light.

* Lantern making is also available 28th – 30th Oct 6pm – 8.30pm Garden of Reflection, Holywell Trust Bishop Street


Yoga Under the Moon

Guildhall, Main Hall

10.30am – 11am


Samhain is an ancient festival marking the beginning of the darker half of the year— It’s a time of thanksgiving, of death and rebirth, of endings and release. A mystical time when the veil between the earthly world and the spirit world is said to be thinnest.

Bring your own blanket


Coco (PG)

Nerve Centre Cinema

11am & 1.30pm

Magazine Street

Thur 1st Nov


Special screenings of Pixar’s Coco, a deeply engaging and touching animation which takes a family friendly approach to exploring memory and mortality.


Festivals of the Dead

Holywell Trust, Bishop Street

1pm – 4pm


Holywell Trust will host “Festivals of the Dead” where all ages can come to learn more about different cultural traditions and rituals honouring the dead including China’s Hungry Ghost Festival, Japan’s O-Bon celebrations and Dia de los Muertes celebrated in Mexico. Crafts, face-painting, workshops and more.


Voices of Light

Guildhall Square, Main Stage

2pm – 8.30pm

As darkness descends upon the day and the air is filled with an autumnal chill, gather around and listen to our local choirs as they fill the Guildhall Square with song and light:

2pm Voices of the Foyle

3.30pm Momentum Community Choir

5pm Encore Contemporary Choir

6.30pm Calgach Singers

8pm Rosemount Male Voice Choir


1st Light- Lantern laying

Guildhall Square

6pm – 9pm


Come along and place your lantern in a collective display of remembrance, reflection and love.


Why.gigs presents “Nostalgia for New Scenes”

Guildhall, Main Hall,

6pm – 7pm


All Ages

Lochlainn Kelly of why.gigs presents a selection of new and old indie / alternative/folk/singer songwriter


Under the Moon

Guildhall, Main Hall



Leave the world at the door and spend some time under the Moon.

Music & Sound with BBC’s Stephen Mc Cauley


St Columb’s Cathedral


St Columb’s Cathedral will host a special evening of remembrance and reflection. The service will include music played on the church organ between 7pm -7.30pm and religious service beginning at 7.30pm. Following the service, those in attendance will be able to write special intentions down and place them on a tree for those who have passed and they wish to remember. All welcome.​

Friday 2nd November

1st Light

St Eugene’s Cathedral


St Eugene’s Cathedral will host a special opportunity for family and friends of people who have died to come together in reflection and remembrance. The interior lights will be dimmed and the stained glass windows will be illuminated. The choral performance will commence at 7pm and this will be followed by Mass at 7:30pm. Everyone Welcome!