That’s when a new light art festival arrives in Bexhill

ByJames I. Robertson

Jan 10, 2022

Bexhill After Dark, produced by event company 18 Hours, will feature 11 light art installations around downtown Bexhill, as well as an illuminated parade on wheels.

The event will be held on Saturday January 29 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Facilities include The Beach Beacon by De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill College, where the iconic art deco building becomes a light box of changing colors and projections with a soundtrack created by the students of Bexhill College.

Talking Heads by Impossible Theater. Photo by Richard Kenworthy SUS-221001-133435001

In Impossible Theater’s Talking Heads, the audience’s faces are projected onto giant screens and animated with famous quotes from popular media.

Organizers said The Living Snow Globe by the Show Globe will delight young people as a beautiful, friendly princess glides through her sparkling world.

On High Street by Shared Space and Light, the Bexhill Chiropody Center transforms, with storefront projections bringing Bexhill shopping history to life.

Show Globe Living Snow Globe SUS-221001-133448001

There will be illuminated juggling from African acrobats from the UK, a fantastic and twisted illuminated Leviathan from Radiator Arts and a glowing light ship from Circo Rum baba.

Bexhill Heritage will light up the Bexhill Bandstand, which it is currently renovating.

An illuminated “We are Stardust” parade by Radiator Arts departs from De La Warr Pavilion at 5.30pm.

The Dream Engine candle SUS-221001-133412001

Organizers said it will pass through the glittering Stardust Gateway, created by Kate Bruce of Radiator, and consisting of bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, skateboards and six illuminated flamingos.

Local schools and community groups will be working throughout January to decorate their wheels for the parade.

The event is funded by the Arts Council England and supported by an Advisory Group, as well as the Welcome Back Fund, East Sussex Arts Partnership, Bexhill Lions, Bexhill Chamber of Commerce and Rother District Council and 1066 Country, and others.

A complete map of the show locations SUS-221001-133423001

Mandy Curtis, Director of 18 Hours, said: “We are delighted to light up a dark January evening with illuminated, enchanting, premium artwork and entertainment.

“We hope people will come and enjoy the performance in a safe way. “

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