New event will light up the town

New event will light up the town

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Councillor Nazia Rehman in Wigan Library

Wigan and Leigh will be home to a festival of light this month as residents are invited to celebrate arts and culture across the borough.

Light Night festival allows visitors of all ages to come and see the two towns light up with workshops and parades across various venues to recognise the incredible creativity Wigan Borough holds.

As D:Circus, a two-year digital art project within Wigan libraries, comes to an end, Wigan Council is working with partners to deliver an interactive event where artists will project light-based art installations, workshops and art trails across Wigan and Leigh over two days.

On Thursday 25th October, Leigh Library will hold a number of workshops from 5:30pm-8:30pm including; paper sculpting, bee-light candle making and bird and butterfly feeder making.

A Light Night parade will then take place from Bradshawgate to Civic Square from 6.30pm. Visitors can get involved by attending the workshops throughout the day or bringing their own lanterns to join in with the light parade.

The Wigan version of Light Night will take place on Saturday 27th October and follows a successful month of events in Wigan town centre, including Comic Con, Wigan 10k, Diggers Festival and Food Fest on the Square.

As part of Light Night, The Galleries shopping centre, Museum of Wigan Life, Wigan Town Hall, Wigan Parish church and more will host a range of displays and installations from live performances to light projections.

The parade will begin at 6.30pm starting on Market Place. Visitors can either make lanterns at the Wigan STEAM hub on Library Street earlier in the day or they can bring their own to join in with the parade.

Entertainment in Wigan will be provided by St. Wilfrid’s choir, WigLe Dance and Bom Ta Bom Samba Band.

Councillor Nazia Rehman, cabinet member for resources, finances and transformation said: “Encouraging people to learn, embrace their creativity and use digital skills in innovative ways is something I’m extremely passionate about.

“The D:Circus project has been invaluable for both local artists and young people borough-wide over the last two years. The scheme has brought digitally creative opportunities direct to libraries and schools, reaching people that may not ordinarily interact with digital arts and culture.

“This is a fantastic way to recognise the success of the programme and is another interactive event that will bring people into our town centres.”

Light Night is part of Museums at Night, the national festival of arts & culture that sees cultural spaces around the UK open late into the night. There is an established network of Light Night festivals across the North West all delivered on different scales.

If you would like to volunteer and help in the lead up to the event, please email Liz Chapman. For more information about the events, please visit Light Night.

Posted on Friday 12th October 2018

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