The Different Light Collective, the organisers of the Spilsby Light Night, the second one of which took place on Saturday 7 March 2020, would like to thank everyone who took part and especially everyone who came along and supported it. The numbers attending the event were amazing and estimated to be in the region of around 2000 over the course of the evening.
The community parade was particularly well attended with the centre of town at its busiest between around 6.30pm and 8pm. Highlights proved to be the Celestial Sound Cloud by Pif-Paf Theatre inside St James’ Church, the video projections by Barret Hodgson with live DJ on the front of Spilsby Sessions House, the VR headsets by Leicester-based MBD at the New Life Church, the Illumaphonium by the statue of Sir John Franklin, the incredible digital dance performance by Tom Dale Company inside Franklin Hall and the parade itself which looked fantastic.
Simon Hollingworth, Creative Producer of the event said “We were absolutely delighted with how the event went overall and with the feedback we received in general. We certainly didn’t get everything right and we know some shops and cafes were a bit unhappy with the road & car park closures, but it’s only our second event and we are learning each time we do one, so hopefully people will stay with us and we can work towards more and exciting things in the future.”
The Light Night Team are holding an open feedback event at the White Hart on Wednesday 25 March from 5pm to which everyone and anyone is welcome to come along.
After a very successful launch event at the Spilsby Methodist Church, the Different Light Collective is gearing up for this years’ Spilsby Light Night which organisers say will be on a larger scale than the original event and looks set to engage many more people.
The event itself will be held at sites across the centre of Spilsby on the evening of Saturday 7 March from 5pm to 9pmand thanks to funding from Arts Council England, together with local support from East Lindsey District Council, Spilsby Town Council and a large number of local businesses, will be completely free!
Free programmes will be available on the night and these will include a trail map showing where all the main lighting installations can be found, but people are encouraged to look out for a smaller hidden light moments too!
During the last week of February two professional artists will be working with a wide range of local schools and community groups to create special space themed lanterns for the Community Parade. The Parade will gather outside the Primary School on the Saturday evening and will set off around 6.15/6.30pm and make its way slowly to the central Car Park in the centre of town arriving by 7pm latest. There will be a rolling road closure as the parade moves down the routeand in addition thecentral car park and the Buttercross car park will both be closed all day Saturday and the High Street will be closed to traffic from 2pm until 10pm.
As well as projections and lighting on the front of the Sessions House, the Methodist Church and other buildings in town, there will also be an Illumaphonium you can have a go on near the statue of Sir John Franklin, a big outdoor screen near the George Hotel where you can play Space Invaders, a beautiful interactive sound & light piece called the Celestial Sound Cloud inside St James’ Church, an exhibition of amazing photographs by students from Woodlands Academy inside the Methodist Church, a Silent Disco, a chance to draw some digital graffiti on Tinn Criddle’s building and even a special VR experience in the New Life Church!
There will also be a special contemporary dance & light performance called Version 2.0 inside the Franklin Hall by Tom Dale Company, a Nottingham based group who have gained a national reputation for their cutting edge blend of movement and digital technology. The piece is just 20 minutes long and is performed by a single dancer, Jemima Brown, who was recently highlighted by The Guardian as one of the 5 best dancers in the UK. There will be 3 performances of Version 2.0 at 5.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm and to be sure of a place email firstname.lastname@example.org
Simon Hollingworth, Creative Producer of Spilsby Light Night is really excited about sharing everything he and the Different LightTeam have been working on and can’t wait to see what people make of it all. “The 2019 event was such a rewarding project as people were so supportive and enthusiastic and kept asking if it would return. Thanks to increased funding from Arts Council England and additional support from loads of local companies and organisations (see full list below) this year’s event is larger in terms of the number of installations we are bringing, so we are hopeful that it will feel like a big step up from the original and we really hope that people enjoy themselves.”
Bruce Knight is also a member of the Different Light Collective but is better known locally as the Director of The Sessions House (Spilsby Theatre). “The Light Night is a brilliant project for the town and is really helping raise our profile regionally. It’s so good to be able to offer new ways of engaging with local schools and community groups and all of the activity chimes perfectly for us at the Sessions House with our aim to be at the cultural heart of the area”.
If you would like to get involved in the Light Night, the Different Light Collective are still looking for a few more volunteers to help look after some of the main light installations on the Saturday night and they would be delighted to hear from anyone who might be interested in helping out. Each shift is just 2 hours (either 5pm to 7pm, or 7pm to 9pm), meaning that anyone offering to help out would still have time to see the whole of the event too. Please email email@example.com to find out more.
Volunteers would also be asked to come along for an hour or so on the evening of Friday 6 March where some of the Light Night installations will be being tested. Anyone is welcome to come down on the Friday and get a flavour of what will be happening the following night, but organisers would like to stress that this will very much be a rehearsal compared to the Saturday night.
The Different Light Collective includes Simon Hollingworth, a Lincoln based Creative Producer who’s company, Mr Holly, has been awarded the Arts Council funding, Andy Johnson Smith, a Spalding based Creative Technician and owner of Popcorn Media and Bruce Knight, Director of The Sessions House CIC (Spilsby Theatre), plus local producers and creatives including Emilie Nunn, Nadya Monfrinoli, Louise Jones, Saffiah Sanders-Bailey, Natalia Piotrowska and Sinead McNicholas.
Spilsby Light Night has been supported by Arts Council England, East Lindsey District Council, the University of Lincoln, Frequency Festival and Spilsby Town Council, with additional support from J&A International, The Greenhouse, Tinn Criddle, Sills & Betteridge, Tong Engineering, Acorn Print, Spilsby Business Partnership, Spilsby Methodist Church, Woodlands Academy and Spilsby Primary Academy.
The Different Light Collective would like to say a huge thank you to all of these organisations and especially the individuals within these organisations who enabled this support to happen.
On Wednesday 12 February at the Methodist Chapel in Spilsby, the Different Light Collective will be holding a Launch Event from 5.30pm to 7pm to which anyone is welcome to attend, though the organisers request that people intending to go along email them first firstname.lastname@example.org so they have an idea of numbers. The launch will include detailed information about the content of the Night with some images and videos, along with the chance to find out how to get involved as a volunteer. Two professional artists will be showing people how to decorate jars for the T Light project and the Different Light Collective will also be handing out flyers & posters for people to spread around the town and surrounding area and staff and volunteers at the Methodist Church will be offering refreshments.
Simon Hollingworth,Creative Producer of Spilsby Light Night and a member of the Different Light Collective is looking forward to sharing the plans and ideas for the 2020 Light Night and is delighted with the level of community and business interest in the project: “We have been so pleased by the degree of energy and excitement in the idea of the Light Night. Wherever we go people seem really engaged and just want it to succeed, which is extremely gratifying for all of us who have been working hard to bring something really special to the town on the night of Saturday 7 March. As well as significant funding from Arts Council England we have been delighted to have been offered help from ELDC and Spilsby Town Council, as well as support from a number of local businesses, including J&A International, The Greenhouse, Tinn Criddle, Sills & Betteridge, Tong Engineering and the Spilsby Business Partnership”.
Bruce Knight is also a member of the Different Light Collective but is better known locally as the Director of The Sessions House(Spilsby Theatre). “The Light Night is a brilliant project for the town and is really helping raise our profile regionally. It’s so good to be able to offer new ways of engaging with local schools and community groups and all of the activity chimes perfectly for us at the Sessions House with our aim to be at the cultural heart of the area”.
What we know about this year’s Light Night already is that the format will be similar to last year’s event with a ‘light trail’ taking place at key venues across the town, but that this time a larger number of professional artists will be sharing their work alongside smaller moments created by the Different Light Collective’s own Creative Technician, Andy Johnson-Smith.
Will Lindley will be showing a new piece on the front of the Methodist Church, the Illumaphonium, an interactive LED xylophone, will be positioned near the statue of Sir John Franklin, digital artist Barret Hodgson has been commissioned to create a new video piece onto the front of the Sessions House and inside St James’ Church there will be an interactive sound & light installation called the Celestial Sound Cloud. There will also be a community lantern parade and a digital dance performance at Woodlands Academy. More details of all of these will be announced at the Light Night launch on 12 February.
Just over 5 weeks to go till the Big Day when we light up Spilsby for the second time!
After the excitement of securing the grant from Arts Council England, the Different Light team have been busy planning the night and talking to partners, artists, venues, schools and individuals, but also to local businesses and organisations to see who might be able to assist us with some financial support. Without evidence of some local support and match funding the Arts Council won’t release the funding (it’s part of their conditions) so this has been an essential step. We are happy to say that several local firms, as well as the Town Council, have now confirmed and we will be releasing this information shortly. In the meantime we are inviting anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Light Night to come along to our Launch Event at the Spilsby Methodist Chapel at the bottom of Market Street, on Wednesday 12th February from 5.30pm (till about 7pm). Make sure you RSVP so we have an idea on numbers.