In partnership with Bournemouth University among others, the first Light Up Poole festival of light art will transform Poole town centre.
From 15 to 17 February 2018, the festival will see the town divided into 11 zones from the Lighthouse, through Falkland Square, down the High Street to the Old Town, Poole Museum and Quay Amusements – with each zone showcasing new artwork and interactive installations. These will include:
- Submergence – an immersive, responsive, walk-through experience using more than 5,000 individual points of controlled light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical space
- The Squirrel – a digital art installation to highlight the extinction plight of Brownsea Island’s famous resident colony of red squirrels
- Arbour – a new work by multimedia artist Mark Parry who works with cross-art combinations of light, film, digital video and photography to convey meaning through evocative and emotive imagery and sound
- The launch of Bournemouth-based app developers Amuzo’s new smartphone game, Flo, at Light Up Poole
- Café Conversations – informal chats in cafes and other town centre venues to share new ways of thinking differently about creativity, the arts and expression.
A key element of the first Light Up Poole festival is the emphasis on creating new learning opportunities.
Working in partnership with Poole Lighthouse and Bournemouth University, Light Up Poole also has a weekend of workshops on 27 and 28 January aimed at young people aged 16–21 who want to sharpen their vlog-making skills.
Light Up Poole is presented by Audacious community interest company with the support of lead partner and sponsor Poole BID and Arts Council England and in partnership with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, and Bournemouth University, as well as Poole Borough Council, SoundStorm music education agency and ArtfulScribe, which finds, develops and promotes new and emerging writers and audiences for live literature.
For more information, visit the festival’s website.