Greater Manchester town to be warmed up with brand new fire festival this month- full details

The new festival will mark around one month until Christmas

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One town in Greater Manchester will have an exciting addition to its Christmas light switch-on this year. Rochdale will host 'Ignite' Fire Festival on November 25 and 26.

The festival will transform the gardens opposite the town hall with fire sculptures, displays and illuminations. The festival will be free to walk through from 4pm to 8pm each evening, and the festival will culminate with the Christmas lights switch on at 5.30pm on November 26.

Street theatre and interactive arts group Travelling Light Circus will host fire shows featuring jugglers, torch spinning and dance for a multi-sensory mesmerising experience along with over 70 local residents that they will have trained especially for the event.

In addition to this, there will be a techno infused performance by ‘Drum Machine’, a 20-strong drumming collective. The group have performed at top festivals across the UK but it will be their very first time in Rochdale.

There will be plenty of hot food and drink available to buy to keep you warm throughout your visit. The festival will carry on after the lights turn on.

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Ignite Fire Festival is coming to Rochdale

Councillor Janet Emsley, the council’s cabinet member for equity, safety and reform said: “This new fire festival is such an exciting and unique addition to our switch-on, something we’ve never seen before in Rochdale, providing amazing family entertainment across the weekend and helping to attract visitors from across the region. It’s a chance to support local with our fantastic businesses and I invite everyone to come and join us.”

To find out more about Ignite Fire festival, visit the Rochdale Town Council website