Following the disappointment of missing out on UK City of Culture, Stoke-on-Trent City Council launches a new arts programme to attract visitors to the area.
The first event in the plan sees arts programme Appetite in partnership with the City Council and the Cultural Forum launch a brand-new citywide performance, Light Night Stoke-on-Trent, taking place on Thursday 31 January through to Saturday 2 February.
Across three nights at the end of January 2019, Light Night Stoke-on-Trent will see Burslem Town Centre lit up as a programme of light artworks, projections and illuminated performances take over the town centre’s buildings and streets.
Created by a host of local, national and international artists, it is a free event that will transform Burslem with an experience suitable for all ages according to the council.
In addition, a Light Night Challenge will be in place across the city which all local residents, community groups and businesses are encouraged to take part in with the aim of lighting up the city during January.
Installations audiences can enjoy will include large-scale animated projections by projection experts Illuminos. Accompanied by live music from a local choir, the animated projection will bring to life a story about the past and the future of the city; night-time procession, Sense of Unity and hand-crafted fire sculptures from pyrotechnic experts Walk the Plank.
Light Night Stoke-on-Trent is match funded by Arts Council England and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and is being launched alongside ‘Making the Creative City’, the new ten-year cultural strategy for the city and #SOTCulture, a campaign to get more people championing culture.