10:00 Sunday 20 October 2013

Wolverhampton - Into the Light - Enchanted City

Written byJonn Penney

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.

Ross Ashton from Projection Studio 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.

In to the Light – Enchanted City will run for two evenings from 6.30pm to 10.00pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October in the city centre. Fireworks will commence at 9.15 pm. 

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