Bexhill’s new light art festival in pictures

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The event, called Bexhill After Dark, was produced by event company 18 Hours.

It featured 11 light art installations all around Bexhill town center and an illuminated parade on wheels.

Installations included The Beach Beacon, a collaboration between De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill College, which saw the art deco building become a

lightbox of changing colors and projections, with the soundtrack created by the students of Bexhill College.

In Devonshire Square, the public saw the candle, where an aerial acrobat twirled suspended from a nine-meter-tall candle produced by The Dream Engine.

Younger members of the public watched The Living Snow Globe from The Show Globe, a beautiful and friendly princess gliding through the square in her twinkling globe.

A poignant installation was Shared Space and Light’s On the High Street, which saw the history of shopping projected onto the window of the Bexhill Chiropody Centre, highlighting the difficulties faced by shopkeepers throughout the pandemic.

Radiator Arts’ We are Stardust fashion show began at the De La Warr Pavilion and crossed the sparkling Stardust catwalk, created by Radiator’s Kate Bruce.

The Circo Rum Baba lightship saw masses of light-up bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility scooters, skateboards, drummers and even six light-up flamingos.

At City Hall, Impossible Theater’s Talking Heads wowed audiences by projecting their faces onto giant screens and enlivening them with famous quotes from popular media.

Audiences also enjoyed illuminated juggling by British African acrobats, a fantastically twisted illuminated Leviathan by Radiator Arts, Bexhill’s own Dolly Delicious and singing by Bexhill Heritage at the Bexhill Illuminated Bandstand, which they are performing to renovate.

The event was funded by Arts Council England and supported by an advisory committee, 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.

Mandy Curtis, Director of 18 Hours, said: “We are delighted to be bringing an event with such a caliber of facilities to Bexhill. It was wonderful to see the incredible turnout for this event and the support it received locally.

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