Fes­ti­val to show Artists’ Town in whole new Light

The Galloway News - - WEEKEND TICKET -

An il­lu­mi­nated gi­ant wicker horse, a lantern pa­rade and beau­ti­ful de­signs beamed on to his­toric build­ings.

Those are just some of the stun­ning visual at­trac­tions to grace the Kirkcud­bright Fes­ti­val of Light, which opens to­mor­row.

The town has long been famed for the qual­ity of its light which for cen­turies drew artists to set­tle and work there.

Kirkcud­bright’s con­tri­bu­tion to Scot­tish art earned it the ti­tle of the Artists’ Town – a rep­u­ta­tion set to grow as the Fes­ti­val of Light gets un­der way.

The cas­tle, tol­booth and other prominent places will be lit up dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions, which run un­til Oc­to­ber 14, along with street installations and dis­plays in pas­sage­ways and win­dows.

Colin Saul, one of the fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers, said: “It’s go­ing to be a real treat – a mag­i­cal chance to quite lit­er­ally see the town in a new light.

“We are just putting the fin­ish­ing touches to ev­ery­thing and are look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing vis­i­tors and res­i­dents to all the events we have or­gan­ised.”

The wicker horse, cre­ated by renowned artists Alex Rigg and Trevor Leat, will be one of the most strik­ing at­trac­tions – tow­er­ing over vis­i­tors in the Har­bour Square.

The fes­ti­val is book-ended by an in­ter­na­tional pro­gramme and will open with recitals by Emma Mor­wood and Jonathan Fisher, con­clud­ing with a con­cert by the Scot­tish En­sem­ble. Both will be on the theme of light.

Work­shops by Scot­tish Bal­let will also fea­ture. One is for stu­dents at Kirkcud­bright Academy and the other is for the pub­lic and takes place in the Cochran Hall.

Sally Hob­son, for­mer head of cre­ative learn­ing for the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val, has cu­rated the pro­gramme.

She said: “There’s a real buzz as the fes­ti­val draws close – peo­ple are ex­cited at the chance to en­joy per­for­mances by some truly won­der­ful in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers as part of a fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing the light which makes Kirkcud­bright so special.”

The new Kirkcud­bright Gal­leries, which opened ear­lier this year, will play an im­por­tant role.

They will host Il­lum­pho­nium, a dy­namic and in­ter­ac­tive mul­ti­sen­sory mu­sic-mak­ing in­stal­la­tion and will also dis­play a spe­cially com­mis­sioned glass sculp­ture in­spired by Kirkcud­bright’s light and coastal her­itage.

The fes­ti­val, which is sup­ported by the coun­cil, also prom­ises craft work­shops, a Di­wali cel­e­bra­tion, fire­works and a 60s and 70s night called Trip the Light Fan­tas­tic.

Free fam­ily work­shops are be­ing held this week­end where peo­ple can make their own lanterns for the fol­low­ing week­end’s pa­rade.

Fairy doors will be dis­played in the Soaperie Gar­dens on Sat­ur­day from 1pm to 5pm and on Sun­day from 10am to 4pm.

Mean­while, three quirky beach huts, part of the Kirkcud­bright Art and Crafts Trail, have been turned into the small­est opera house (com­plete with pi­ano), a writer’s re­treat and part of a WWI trench.

Also fea­tur­ing will be a mo­bile planetarium that will give vis­i­tors an idea of what is vis­i­ble in the heav­ens.

For the full pro­gramme visit the web­site at http://www. kirkcud­bright­light.com.

Fo­cal point The wicker horse which will tower over vis­i­tors at the Har­bour Square

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