Talking heads photo credit © Richard Kenworthy
A brand new free light art festival comes to Bexhill on Saturday 29th January 4.30-8.30pm
Bexhill After Dark, produced by local events company, 18 Hours, will feature 11 light art installations around Bexhill town centre, along with an illuminated, wheeled parade.
Installations include The Beach Beacon by De La Warr Pavilion & Bexhill College - the iconic art deco building becomes a lightbox of shifting colours and projections with a soundtrack created by Bexhill College students. In Talking Heads by Impossible Theatre, audience’s faces are projected onto giant screens and animated with famous quotes from popular media. The Living Snow Globe by the Show Globe will enchant youngsters as a beautiful, friendly princess glides about in her glittering world.
On the High Street by Shared Space and Light sees the Bexhill Chiropody Centre transformed, with projections onto the shop front bringing to life the history of shopping in Bexhill. In Devonshire Square an acrobat twirls, suspended from a 9metre high candle. There will be illuminated juggling from the UK African Acrobats, a twisting fantastical illuminated Leviathan from Radiator Arts and a glowing Light Ship by Circo Rum baba. Bexhill Heritage will illuminate Bexhill’s bandstand, which they are currently renovating.
An illuminated ‘We are Stardust’ parade by Radiator Arts, departs from the De La Warr Pavilion at 5.30pm. It passes through the sparkling Stardust Gateway, created by Radiator’s Kate Bruce, and is made up of illuminated bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, skateboards and six illuminated flamingos! Local schools and community groups will be working throughout January to decorate their wheels for the parade.
The event is funded by Arts Council England and supported by an advisory panel, plus the Welcome Back Fund, East Sussex Arts Partnership, Bexhill Lions, Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Rother District Council and 1066 Country, and others.
This event is free but attendees will be asked to register in advance.
See the full programme, maps and timings and register at www.18hours.org.uk/bexhill-after-dark
Please note there will be some short road closures during the event which may affect traffic flow.
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