Every year a First Light celebration is held at the close of the festival with light installations, musical and choral experiences, prayers and meditations in the spirit of remembrance and reflection for All Saints and All Souls Feast Days.
As First Light dawns on Allhallowtide, 1st November this year, it will be in the shadow of a world that is experiencing a sense of loss in ways that were unimaginable to us all a year ago. As with much of this year’s Halloween programme, First Light has been adapted due to Covid-19 and although we cannot come together in person, we’ve commissioned a series of short videos that will enable us all to come together in spirit.
The videos have been produced and delivered by Kieran Griffiths with funding provided by Council’s Good Relations department. Entitled ‘Messages of Hope’ and ‘Windows to the Soul’, these short films share a united sense of understanding, compassion and hope. Their sentiment is particularly poignant given everything that our communities have had to endure this year and the anticipation of what lies ahead of us this winter.
Set against a backdrop of beautiful music Church Leaders across the city will share words of comfort and togetherness as they light candles to honour those souls lost to COVID or for any other reason this year.
Council have also worked with the two cathedrals in the city, St Eugene’s and St Columb’s, to mark the traditions of All Souls on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd November. There will be services in both cathedrals which will be streamed online, with choral performances by Joanna Higgins and Sally May Comey as well as special messages of reflection and remembrance.