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Lighting up Sutton for bright nights!

Posted onPosted on 6th Jan

Giant illuminated walkabout puppets, an eight-metre light-up inflatable snail, light drummers, UV doodles, a glowing silent disco and an Invisible Man are among international and national acts and installations at a new event coming to Sutton in February.

Light Night Ashfield, on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th, is free and will see street performers, dancers and artists light up the streets and spaces across the town centre.

The event is being presented by First Art, a local arts charity behind, amongst other things, The Full Shebang Festival in Mansfield.

Karl Greenwood, First Art director, said: “We wanted to create something that has never been seen in the town before.

“Light Nights are extremely popular in other parts of the country. This will be a brilliant and completely different experience for people in Ashfield, who will get the chance to see world-class acts and artists on their doorstep.”

One of the attractions will be the five-metre tall, illuminated puppet, Dundu which will walk the streets as part of a procession filled with lanterns.

Spark! is a live music, movement, and lighting spectacular with high-intensity drumming.

The Invisible Man is an interactive walkabout act, while Big Knitting features massive glow-in-the-dark knitting needles and neon wool hung from a wall. Other installations to be placed across the town centre include Raphael Daden’s Signs of Hope as well as All You Need is Love, a seven-metre-long neon sign that provides a backdrop to a choir singing love songs in the build up to Valentine’s Day.

In partnership with The Regency Dance Centre, the Light Night will premiere a specially-commissioned choreographed light and dance performance where local dancers and children literally light up the ballroom.

The event will also feature giant lanterns, digital projections, and a light night silent disco.

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