20-21 October 2017
Turning a northern town into a sound and light Lab showcasing the highlights of our Creative Europe funded ENLIGHT project whilst providing networking, training and education alongside a stunning festival of art and music.
ENLIGHTEN Bury is a sound and light festival that brought together a stellar programme of world premieres, award winning artworks and international musicians that turned the whole town into a lab of light and sound experimentation as part of the ENLIGHT project supported by the culture programme of the European Union.
Taking place over two days, ENLIGHTEN Bury brought a new kind of festival to the industrial market town. Curated Place partnered with Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre to combine the best of light festivals - making use of the public spaces and cultural venues - along with a stellar experimental music festival that breathed new life into the heritage spaces of Bury, the two nights welcomed more than 8000 people. The festival's volunteer programme worked with BAM Creatives to develop the skills and networks of young producers, while our schools programme enabled 6-9 year olds to learn both electronics and artistic skills with our dedicated outreach team. Three artists from the main ENLIGHT residency programme (Stanza, Yiannis Kranidiotis and Noise Orchestra) provided works for the festival and lab events that enabled networking between artists, musicians, technicians and the local creative community.
An astonishing array of interactive light and sound installations brought to life the streets, venues, galleries and bars of Bury’s cultural quarter, while stars of the experimental world music performed for audiences into the night. The festival featured music and A/V performances from Hannah Peel, Wrangler, Plaid, Sykur, Orka, Wyles & Simpson, Cobby and Litten, James Orvis and more, with visual art interactives from BAFTA-winning Seb Lee-Delise, Felix Thorn, Paul Friedlander, and Owl Project to name but a few.
ENLIGHTEN Bury was attended by deputy leader of the Labour party and shadow secretary for digital/culture/media/sport, MP Tom Watson. Mr Watson proclaimed that ENLIGHTEN Bury is "Something really incredibly special and I hope people get to enjoy it and participate in it because there’s not many places in the country that can do something like that. I’m looking at arts policy and provision of arts and I would say that this is top notch, premier league, culture provision."
We worked closely with local businesses to promote their food and drink and ensured a new kind of night-time atmosphere was created where artists and audiences could take over the town.