Community Celebrations is our latest national programme, which will create high-profile spectacular and innovative celebrations in communities across the UK. Legacy Trust UK has committed £3 million to this programme which aims to create a cultural legacy in each of the successful areas. In January 2011, four projects were chosen to be part of the programme:
The successful bids are:
Speed of Light: Scotland (managed by NVA)
Games Time: East Midlands (managed by Déda Producing)
Tree of Light: South East (managed by Oxford Inspires on behalf of Thames Art Consortium)
Land of Giants: Northern Ireland (managed by Land of Giants Ltd)
In Scotland, Speed of Light is a remarkable interaction between public art and sport which will be performed on Arthur’s Seat during the 2012 Edinburgh International Festival, linking the end of the Olympic Games with the start of the Paralympic Games three weeks later. Regular walkers through to professional athletes will wear specially designed light-generating kits which change colour depending on the movement and pace of the wearers. Staged in partnership with the Festival, the three-week presentation will promote innovative energy conservation technology and also show how public art and sport can be presented in a new and creative way. In addition, there will be a 275 mile endurance event, 21 x 21, where runners from all over Scotland will be able to take part in a half marathon hill run every day over the three-week period.
Games Time is a series of large scale spectacular events that celebrate London 2012 in the East Midlands. The project will be a high profile, multi faceted event that pushes the boundaries of outdoor work. Games Time will incorporate street performance, fire and pyrotechnic animation, digital projection and installation, and a parallel online experience. There will be five distinctive phases to Games Time that will take place in four towns and cities in the East Midlands: Skegness, Loughborough, Northampton and Derby. There will also be a London event that will coincide with the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in summer 2012.
In the South East, Tree of Light involves professional dancers, musicians, visual artists and writers, more than 1,000 participants and focuses on sustainability, creativity and local heritage. School and community groups across the Thames region will work with environmental scientists and artists to create four artworks in the form of saplings and four local performances, culminating in a grand finale where a tree of light and the saplings, all powered by green energy, will come together. A series of outdoor performances will take place at locations along the River Thames between June and September 2012.
Land of Giants in Northern Ireland takes its inspiration from a number of ‘Giants’ that are present in Northern Ireland’s history both ancient and modern. Special focus will be given to four giants – Finn McCool, the giant who built the Giant’s Causeway, Gulliver, whose giant features are outlined in the hills surrounding Belfast, Samson and Goliath, the two cranes which have dominated the Belfast skyline for the past forty years and the Titanic together with her less famous sister ship, the Olympic. The cultural inspiration of these giants will fuse together in a Giant Party linking to the Olympic values, and the aspiration of Northern Ireland for a ‘shared and better future’. The party will be the largest outdoor arts celebration ever staged in Northern Ireland.
Further information will be available on these projects soon.