One Maidstone lets secret slip about lights switch on!

06 Oct 2020


Despite current circumstances, Maidstone town centre will still have Christmas lights displayed from November, and will celebrate with an alternative online project, thanks to The One Maidstone Business Improvement District.

Determined not to let the occasion go unmarked, One Maidstone is announcing the Secret Switch On, a pre-recorded and socially distanced concert film, available to watch for free online from Thursday November 19th, the evening the lights switch on event would have traditionally taken place, and on catch up at any time, via www.onemaidstone.com, Youtube and social media.

Performances from local singers and dancers will be filmed in spaces around the town centre, out of hours and without an audience, to be combined to create an evening of entertainment. Already lined up to take part are organisations such as Fremlin Walk, the Mall shopping centre, the Royal Star Arcade, Maidstone Dance Studios, Enchanted Events 4 Kids, Mid Kent College, the Maidstone Distillery and other Maidstone-based talent and spaces, as well as a signed performance by Hi-Kent.

Town centre businesses will be represented with segments about their own Christmas plans and window displays, and festive messages from traders, and local charities such as MMK Mind and Inspired Friendships will discuss help and support available around the Christmas period.

Due to adapted working measures by lights contractor Gala Lights, it has been requested that sections of lights be turned on as they are installed, rather than simultaneously at one countdown moment, a precaution One Maidstone are happy to abide by.

The One Maidstone Business Improvement District took on provision of Christmas lights installation and accompanying switch on event for the first time last year. The reinstated event in Jubilee Square was attended by an estimated 4-5k people.

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