When: 15th – 17th February 2018
Where: Poole town centre
What is it?
Showing the town in a completely new light, the first Light Up Poole festival is set to transform the Dorset town, from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th February.
After dark, the event will light up the High Street, from Falklands Square to the Quay, with a series of light art and digital installations designed to inspire, delight and enchant locals and visitors alike. International and local artists, many of them working in collaboration with Poole schools and arts organisations, have been given a platform to showcase their often ground breaking work in a celebration of Poole’s cultural diversity, rich heritage and unique location.
Light Up Poole will see the town centre divided into 11 zones, each showcasing a new artwork and interactive installations.
Highlights will include:
Submergence, an immersive, responsive, walk-through experience created by Squidsoup, an international group of artists, researchers, technologists and designers. It uses more than 5,000 individual points of controlled light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical space. The installation aims to transform the space into a hybrid environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide.
The Squirrel, a digital art installation by Sober Industries, highlighting the extinction plight of Brownsea Island’s famous colony of red squirrels. The Squirrel was commissioned by Quays Culture as part of the Unnatural Borders art event, exploring the interaction between mankind and the animal world.
Arbour, a new work by multi-media artist Mark Parry. Parry works with cross-art combinations of light, film, digital video and photography to convey meaning through evocative and emotive imagery and sound.
Amuzo, the award-winning, Bournemouth-based team of game and App developers whose creations have been played more than two billion times in more than 150 countries, launch their new smartphone game, Flo.
A key element of the first Light Up Poole festival will be the emphasis on creating new learning opportunities, such as Sounds of Poole, an inspirational learning project focusing on music technology and devised by SoundStorm, Bournemouth and Poole’s music education hub. Sound artist Jon Adams has been working with pupils from Poole schools to record sounds of the town and incorporate them in an illuminated soundscape album that will be played at the Fish Shambles on the Quay during the festival.
Light Up Poole is the first in a number of headline events planned for 2018 to celebrate the 40th birthday of Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts.
More info: lightuppoole.co.uk