Last week on the 23rd November 2018, the old town hall in Burslem was beautifully transformed into an enlightening launch meeting for Stoke-on-Trent’s next move within the cultural celebration of our city and community. Members of the public milled around amidst the soft coloured lighting and heritage and the room buzzed with anticipation and excitement for the announcement of Stoke-on-Trent’s most recent culture festival plan.
Councillor Brown, Deputy Leader for Stoke-on-Trent City Council, took to the podium – thanking everyone for attending and reminisced on the city’s disappointment of narrowly missing the coronation of City of Culture 2021 late last year. However, she highlighted that ‘we didn’t win City of Culture, but what we did do is [that] we changed the narrative of our city,’. This is proven by statistics such as the fact that Stoke-on-Trent has seen 100,000 more tourists within the last twelve months, and that number continues to grow.
SOT Culture is maintaining that ‘changed narrative’, developing the already beautifully-diverse culture that Stoke-on-Trent presents to the world and flourishing it throughout the city. Per town is one cultural champion, who are working to increase our strategy to promote our arts and culture to a wider audience. The launch meeting decreed that ‘culture is at the heart of our city’s identity’ and that ‘enthusiasm, energy and optimism in creativity’ is being brought forward through the launch of our latest culture festival: Light Night.
Light Night is a free event from the 31st January to the 2nd February 2019, presented by Appetite Stoke and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The festival will see the ‘architectural treasure’ that is Burslem ‘reimagined through light and projection’ – Councillor Brown. The town will be creatively illuminated through stunning animated projections, glowing artworks and illuminating performances from national and international critically-acclaimed artists – featuring work from praised and acclaimed projection professionals Illuminos, and accompanied by a full local choir to depict a story of the past and future of Stoke-on-Trent.
The three-day festival will showcase a series of landmarks and lesser-known buildings highlighted in culture-rich creativity and illumination. Old memories are also being resurrected, such as the hand-crafted fire sculptures that were last seen in the Fire Gardens in Hanley park a few years ago.
This event will bring our community together and unite us within the face of Stoke-on-Trent’s culture and art, and shed inspirational light onto our beloved mother town.
Check out this short video on the launch meeting, including a few words about the impact this event will have:
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Light Night / Burslem Town Centre
31st January – 2nd February 2019
Presented by Appetite Stoke and S-O-T Council.