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Elegy & Hope – a Festival of Flame

31st May 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Hexham Community Partnership (HCP) presents Elegy & Hope – a Festival of Flame event on Monday 31st May 2021. There was no festival of Flame in 2020, so it is a welcome return that will see Hexham Abbey once again flooded with candlelight, music, art and poetry.


With a very different feel from the Vikings-inspired launch event in 2019, Elegy & Hope is an act of collective remembrance – a chance to pause, reflect and remember those who have been lost during the pandemic.


The event is also an opportunity to look forward with hope and thankfulness, by creating one of thousands of paper angels to be suspended high above the chancel as part of the Abbey’s “On Angel’s Wings” installation, which will launch on Saturday 26 June to coincide with the town-wide Big Day Out event.


The aim of the event is to create a reflective space where everyone felt welcome, comfortable and peaceful. Elegy & Hope will be a space full of light and flame, music and the beauty of the Abbey. Everyone is welcome to come and create an angel in thanks for those who have looked after us during lockdown.


This event is for everyone, and we want to encourage people of all faiths and none to come and experience the wonderful atmosphere of Abbey. All are welcome to light a candle for someone who has been lost during the last 14 months.


Anyone feeling nervous about attending an indoor event will be pleased to know that Festival of Flame – Elegy & Hope is open from 3pm, to allow our visitors the chance to spread out and not feel rushed. Later, as the light fades, larger numbers are expected, not least to hear the music of Noah Lawson, a truly gifted local talent, who will be playing some of his own compositions on the piano towards the end of the event.


Whether you come for five minutes, or five hours, please do come.


The event takes place from 3-9pm on Bank Holiday Monday (May 31) and it is free entry, with no booking required and everyone is welcome.

The Angel’s Wing Installation workshops take place from 31 May to 24th June 2021, so do make a note to go to one of those, either on Bank Holiday Monday or after.   Eventually, thousands of origami paper angels will be suspended high above the chancel of the Abbey.

The angel making finishes at 6.30pm on Bank Holiday Monday.



31st May 2021
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hexham Community Partnership


Hexham Abbey
Hexham, Northumberland NE46 1RN United Kingdom + Google Map
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