A new free two-day outdoor festival event coming to our fair city this very month!
“A spectacular meeting of world-renown light display technology with the irrepressible energy of our region’s finest young creative talent will bathe the city streets and buildings in a whole new light, climaxing with stunning firework displays.”
The displays and performances will reflect the Diwali and Halloween celebrations in the city.
Wolverhampton is set to launch a major festival of light on 26-27 October 2013 and claim the title UK City of Light. The Enchanted City is a free event that will feature an incredible light display across landmark buildings in the City centre including Queens Square, St Peters Church, the University and the Art Gallery. The evening’s display will culminate in a spectacular firework display matching our claim to be a City that is unusual, unique and something special.
The technology behind the display has previously been used during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, featuring a colourful display on Buckingham Palace. It also made the headlines during the Olympic Games when it was used to light the Houses of Parliament commissioned by the Major of London. The display was created by the artist Ross Ashton of Projection Studio.
Wolverhampton – In to the Light – Enchanted City – City Centre: Saturday 26th + Sunday 27th October 2013
Ross Ashton said ‘ I am delighted to have been invited to work in Wolverhampton city centre for the first time, illuminating city centre buildings with large scale projected images as a visual poem to the city as part of the Enchanted City event’
This Pilot event in Wolverhampton has been launched together with a team of international specialists to bring together different parts of the community to build a programme of exciting and innovative festivals. The aim is to bring the City centre to life and encourage families, young people and community groups to enjoy a spectacular event of visual entertainment and home-grown performing arts talent.
The Enchanted City Festival will also provide a stage for over a dozen performance groups from schools and colleges in the area. This will include dance, traditional music, popular youth bands and art.
Based on a cross city collaboration between communities, schools and colleges, public and private sector partners, arts venues and performance venues, the Enchanted City event is an opportunity to show the bright side of Wolverhampton and encourage local and national visitors to come and see the best of our ambition, performance, culture, history and sense of humour.
Street performances on the evening of Saturday 26th October will embrace a Diwali theme, following on from the afternoon’s Diwali celebrations in Phoenix Park.
The street performers theme for Sunday 27th October evening will be Halloween.
In to the Light – Enchanted City will run for two evenings from 6.30 p.m. to 10.00pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October in the city centre. Fireworks will commence at 9.15 pm.
For further information and media artefacts contact Jonn Penney – 01902 552106