Monday, 28 November 2011

Best of London 2012 Festival Event Highlights

Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland, England

New York-based artist group YesYesNo will feature an installation stretching along the length of Hadrian’s Wall. The structure will be viewable from different locations all over the world through digital media.

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Hadrian’s Wall forms 86-miles of the most important remaining structures of the Roman Empire.

Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England

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The ancient Stonehenge site will be illuminated by a sparkling fire show from French performance art group Compagnie Carabosse. This spectacular sensory experience will feature flaming fire sculptures, glowing candle-lit pathways and fiery engines lighting up the stones.

Stonehenge is one of the most iconic monuments of the World Heritage Sites.

Land’s End, Cornwall, England

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The collaborative artwork of director Deborah Warner, actor Fiona Shaw and creative producers Artichoke will celebrate the beauty and diversity of the UK coastline. These installations will appear simultaneously at various points on the UK coast, from Northern Ireland and remote Scottish Islands to the tip of Cornwall.

Warner’s work is world-renown for its grace and beauty.

Giant’s Causeway, Bushmills, Northern Ireland

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Giant’s Causeway will be the backdrop for an installation of flags randomly placed along its trail. The flags will be red on one side while yellow on the other, showing a flickering pattern between the two colours depending on the strength of the wind. This series by German artist Hans Peter Kuhn aims to be a transmission of nature’s message.

Giants Causeway has been described as the Eighth Wonder of the World and is Ireland’s first World Heritage Site.

Hunstanton, North Norfolk, England

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Acclaimed director Robert Wilson, Dutch visual artist Theun Mosk and theatre maker Boujke Schweignman rediscover the North Norfolk coast through a series of contrasting visual and sound installations featured along the coastline. This unique three-mile walking journey will span various land forms from dunes and woodland to valleys and beaches.

North Norfolk is found at the furthest eastern parts of the UK and stretches 43 miles along the North Sea coast.

Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, England

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CORE will be a series of various inter-linked digital light and sound projections at the Engine Shop at Ironbridge Gorge. This multi-channel sound installation, created by the 2010 Quartz Electronic Music Award winner Kurt Hentschläger, will fill the Engine Shop with constantly changing patterns.

Known as the birthplace of industry, Ironbridge Gorge was a hotspot for writers and artists in the 18th century. It was once called “the most extraordinary district in the world.”

Lake Windermere, Cumbria, England

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This new light show blending powerful musical rhythms with fireworks will be a world premiere by artist group Les Commandos Percu. On the Nightshift will be among the opening events for the London 2012 festival, following the arrival of the Olympic Torch at Lake Windermere earlier that evening. The show will feature specially-selected UK artists.

Stretching 10.5 miles long, a mile wide and 220 feet deep, Lake Windermere is the largest natural lake in England, formed by the merging of many rivers.

Selkirk, Scottish Borders, Scotland

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This arts project will create a full-sized football pitch deep in the Clarilawmuir Plantation near the town of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders to host two football matches. The pitch will then be allowed to grow back naturally into a diverse environment.

The project aims to raise questions about various issues including national identity, sustainability, and the benefits of sports participation among others.

Clocaenog Forest, North Wales

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Argentinian choreographer Constanza Macras will take the audience on a journey into the wild, with a riveting dance performance set in the forests of North Wales. The theatrical dance show is expected to be a touching experience attempting to tap into your dreams and fears.

Macras is founder of the dance company DorkyPark and was recently awarded the German Theatre Award for best choreography for Megalopolis in 2010.

St Fagans National History Museum, Cardiff, Wales

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Adain Avion is a mobile art space created from the recycled fuselage of a DC-9 airplane discovered by Spanish sculptor Eduardo Canal. Celebrating the work’s 20th anniversary, Welsh artist Marc Rees will bring Adain Avion across different parts of Wales to host a week of cultural activities. Its final stop will be at St. Fagans, National History Museum.

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