28. River of Light
Liverpool Lantern Company (UK). Accompanied by the Bagdaddies and Jazz in my Pants
LUMIERE 2011 will open with a unique lantern parade inspired by the Durham's River Wear. Hundreds of young people from across County Durham will take part in the parade, carrying beautifully intricate lanterns made from tissue paper and wire. Under the guidance of the renowned Liverpool Lantern Company and their Artistic Director Jo Pocock, participants have made extraordinarily intricate and, in some cases, giant lanterns that make up shoals of beautifully coloured fish, giant illuminated birds, swirling pedal powered contraptions and strange river creatures. The parade will be accompanied by sizzling Balkan brass'n'beats from the Baghdaddies and the sounds of Jazz in my Pants.
About the artists
Liverpool Lantern Company is an artist-led organisation, producing and directing carnivals, arts festivals, one-off site-specific events and visual theatre. They also undertake sculptural commissions and installations and constantly seek inventive ways of using light within their work. At the heart of the company's work is the development and promotion of artistic excellence along with a commitment to developing sustainable projects, which build skills and capacity in community members and promote creativity and celebration.
To find out more, visitliverpoollanterncompany.co.uk.
Special thanks to the local artists who led the workshops: Louise Bradley, Serena Hodgson , Vicky Holborough, Nicola Lynch and Elaine Porter
Funded by Area Action Partnerships of Derwent Valley, Chester-le-Street, Stanley & East Durham