Lightfest - a spectacular festival of light surrounding an illuminated walk at the Valley of Rocks, Lynton and Lynmouth, Devon

Event guide

THE EVENT:

The Lightquest event will comprise an illuminated night time walk between the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. The 3.5km walking route will start at The Valley of Rocks which will provide the backdrop for a stunning Son et Lumiere Overture

LOCATION:

The towns situated in the heart of Exmoor afford stunning views of the North Devon Coast whilst sitting comfortably on the edge of the moor. Participants will explore the two towns of Lynton and Lynmouth to discover an eclectic array or ‘art installations’, music and narrative, video and film and an abundance of live performance.

EVENT CONTENT: LOCATIONS (click on installation number for detailed description)

Installation

Location

Location 2

Theme

Installation 1

Valley of the Rocks

The Rocks car park

Fragile Earth

Installation 1B

Valley of the Rocks

Cricket pitch

Lost goats

Installation 2

Valley of the Rocks

Woodland walk

Floating amulets and talismans

Installation 3

Valley of the Rocks . Lynton path

Ladywell path cemetery

Lost souls

Installation 2B

Valley of the Rocks

Woodland walk

Corn dollies

Installation 4

Lynton

Tennis courts

Sport in a digital world

Installation 5

Lynton

Catholic church of the holy saviour

Sanctuary candles and light

Installation 6

Lynton

Candle shop car park

Vulcans and digital light organ

Installation 7

Lynton

Garage and workshop

Fighting to survive in a sea of Bureaucracy

Installation 9

Lynton

Arts and crafts centre

The golden goat

Installation 10

Lynton

Town hall

Survival bar: Live music venue and bar

Installation 11

Lynton

Parish church of St Mary the virgin

Lifeboat story

Installation 12

Lynton

Parish church of St Mary the virgin

Wishing/prayer tree

Installation 13

Cliff walk

North walk hill

Wrapped trees and lanterns

Installation 14

Lynmouth

Sea view promenade

Illuminated flotilla of boats; Street entertainers

Installation 15

Lynmouth

Lighthouse

Searchlight effects

Installation 16

Lynmouth

Harbour park

Big Top: Live music arena

Installation 17

Lynmouth

Sea shore park

Ammonite hill figures

Installation 18

Lynmouth and bridges

East Lyn river and bridges

Sea creature lanterns

Installation 19

Lynmouth

Harbour park

Recycled garden

Installation 20

Lynmouth

St John the Baptist

Rising tides

Installation 21

Lynmouth

Glen Lyn gorge

Fairies and goblins

Additional attractions

Details below

   

GENERAL EVENT THEME: ‘Fighting to Survive’

Eighteen scenes and stories will entertain and inform our audience as they traverse the illuminated walking trail. An underlying theme will help to create a common unity between the various installations. With rural communities trying to survive we have decided to adopt a theme for this years Lightquest event of ‘Fighting to Survive’. Individual installations will incorporate various elements of ‘survival’ within their story.

Installation details

INSTALLATION 1 - THE ROCKS. - A SPECTACULAR OVERTURE

Using the latest in entertainment technology the dramatic landscape of the rocks will be transformed into an impressive illuminated backdrop. A story of the planets survival.

Prologue: Arrival. An ambient sound tracks heralds a fade to darkness. A voiceover welcomes our travellers and introduces the night. We arrive at the dawn of our planet.

Scene 1: Creation Images of rock forms, sliding mud, and geological forms are projected across the landscape, Our planet is unfolding.

Scene 2: Ice Age - The planet fights through the Ice Age. The landscape is transformed with ice flows, icicles and frozen lakes.

Scene 3: First Life - The arrival of plants transforms our landscape into a lush green world. Giant ferns morph into trees and flowers.

Scene 4: Mankind Arrives - Man arrives with cave art. Then he builds communities. Gradually he fills the world. The start of Global warming.

Scene 5: Overheating - Global warming. Our planet gets very hot. Smoke and fire effects abound.

Scene 6: Restart - Our world descends into darkness. A mass of twinkling stars descends on the earth reflecting the galaxy above.

WANTED : 8X DANCERS TO DO CHOREOGRAPHED LINKS BETWEEN PRESENTATIONS


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INSTALLATION 1B - THE VALLEY OF ROCKS CRICKET PITCH - LOST GOATS

A collection of wire frame illuminated rope light. Goats float mysteriously appear from out of the darkness

WANTED : 2x TECHNICAL VOLUNTEERS TO HELP CREATE AND INSTALL GOAT SCENIC ELEMENTS.


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INSTALLATION 2 - THE VALLEY OF ROCKS, LYNTON PATH - AMULETS, CHANDELIERS, TALISMAN AND LANTERNS

(PERMISSION FOR USE OF VENUE STILL TO BE OBTAINED)

The dramatic woodland walk will be decorated with a series of hanging lanterns and magic symbols Musicians playing didgeridoos and tribal drums will create an atmospheric live sound track. The atmosphere will be dark and mysterious.

WANTED : 4x SET DECORATORS AND PROP MAKERS TO CREATE INSTALLATION


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INSTALLATION 3 & 3B - THE VALLEY OF ROCKS LYNTON PATH- CEMETERY – LOST SOULS
(PERMISSION FOR USE OF VENUE STILL TO BE OBTAINED)

Ghosts, spirits and lost souls. Mysterious ethereal projections appear and disappear throughout the trees surrounding the cemetery. Arrays of floral tributes glow magically amongst the headstones Accompanied by a moody sound scape and an uplifting choral music track.

WANTED : VIDEO OPERATOR / SOUND MAN


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INSTALLATION 4 TENNIS COURTS - SPORT IN A DIGITAL WORLD
PERMISSION FOR USE OF VENUE STILL TO BE OBTAINED

The sports field will be covered in a sea of silver sparklites and coloured bulbs. A digital platform on which glowing sculptures of sportsman frozen in time will be discovered. Video Sequences of computer games and computer generated 3D graphics will pepper the space. A series of sporting sculptures float over an path of vivid fluorescent light.

WANTED : 2 x STAGE HANDS TO SET UP INSTALLTION EACH NIGHT, 1 x ALL ROUND STAGE TECHNICIAN
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY FOR EITHER POST


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INSTALLATION 5 - CHURCH OF THE HOLY SAVIOUR- SANCTUARY.

A Peaceful Space in a noisy world.

A peaceful space enabling time for reflection. Candle sculptures accompanied by singing bowls and Tibetan bells will be played live over an ambient sound track. A mirrored optical centrepiece using a candle effect will be held by the outstretched arms of a figure created in thousands of miniature lights. LED light clusters and laser prism effects fill the air above.

WANTED : 12 x CANDLE LIGHTERS FOR 2.5 HOURS EACH NIGHT PRIOR TO SHOW TIME
3 x FIRE WATCHERS FOR SHOW PERIODS TO KEEP AN EYE ON SAFETY AND FIRE.


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INSTALLATION 6 - LYNTON - CANDLE SHOP COMPOUND - DIGITAL FIRE ORGAN
(PERMISSION FOR USE OF VENUE STILL TO BE OBTAINED)

An installation using ‘FIRE’. Digital gas flambeaux pulse to create a dramatic rhythm and spectacular display of dancing fire. The combination of large Vulcan flame projectors and the dramatic sound created by the digital burners will enthrall the audience.

WANTED : 4 x SAFETY MARSHALLS TO MONITOR AUDIENCE WITH RELATION TO FIRE EFFECTS


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INSTALLATION 7 - GARAGE AND WORKSHOP

Fighting to survive in a sea of Bureaucracy
( PERMISSION FOR USE OF VENUE STILL TO BE OBTAINED)
An eclectic installation. A typical farmhouse kitchen. All the furniture and furnishings are covered in bureaucratic forms creating a papier mache world. Large heaps of paper and official forms fill the space.

Our farmer (a performer) is trapped in a sea of bureaucracy. A chaotic snow storm of paper (torn up forms) erupts. The farmer is seen drowning in a chaotic world of swirling paper.

An atmospheric soundtrack will accompany the installation incorporating sound bites from political speeches, news items and more. Possible use of drummers to add drama to the event.

Projections of various EU directives and forms will envelop the scene. Periodically a team of red tape dancers with battons of red tape will arrive to tidy the space ready for the next sequence.

WANTED :1x ACTOR TO PLAY PART OF FARMER . NO WORDS NEED TO BE REMEMBERED AS ALL VOCALS WILL BE PRE RECORDED.
4x DANCERS TO CARRY OUT CHOREOGRAPHED SCENE RESET SEQUENCE IN BETWEEN PERFORMANCES


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INSTALLATION 9 - ARTS AND CRAFT CENTRE - THE GOLDEN GOAT

The prize for the winner of our goat hunt will be displayed within the arts and craft centre.

The Goat hunt centrepiece will be discovered at the Arts and Craft Centre. A trail of hidden goats will be peppered throughout the walking trail. Projections, Pictures and sculptures of goats will be incorporated along the walking trail. Our audience will be invited to enter a deer hunt competition to uncover the secret locations of 12 goats. Successful competitors will be entered into a prize draw to win ‘The Golden Goat' prize.


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INSTALLATION 10 - TOWN HALL - Survival Music Bar.

Survive the night. Take a break at the‘Survival Music Bar’.

‘Survive the Night’ and take respite in the Survival Bar. The bar will be themed and decorated. A performer’s stage will host a variety of local musical talent. Jazz , blues and soulful music will turn this interesting venue into a groovy music club venue.

WANTED : 1 X FOLLOWSPOT OPERATOR, 2 X STAGE HANDS
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY FOR BOTH OPPORTUNITIES


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INSTALLATION 11 - ST MARYS CHURCH - Lifeboat Story.

Surviving a momentous climb. The remarkable story of the Lifeboat.

A story of survival with a momentous climb. Join the villagers in their journey carrying a lifeboat over the hills of Exmoor. A highly physical event climaxing with the arrival of the lifeboat carried aloft by a team of hefty men and women. Witness 12 strong men carry the lifeboat around our performance arena. A sponsored event to raise funds for The RNLI. The event will be accompanied by a dramatic sound track performed live by a local folk singer. A Male Voice Choir and the church organ will add theatre and drama to this event. Projected images will enliven the story.

WANTED : 8 X DRUMMERS
1 X MALE VOICE CHOIR
1 X ORGAN PLAYER
6 X DANCERS / PHYSICAL PERFORMERS.
2 X STAGE HANDS
1 X STAGE MANAGER
1 X SOUND ASSISTANT.
6 X AUDIENCE FLOOR MANAGERS.


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INSTALLATION 12 - ST MARYS CHURCH - WISHING AND PRAYER TREE

A peaceful decorated tree adorned with ribbons and lanterns. People arrive to make a wish or say a prayer and tie a ribbon or message to the branches of this sacred tree.

WANTED : 4 X SET DRESSERS TO DECORATE TREE


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INSTALLATION 13 - CLIFF WALK - LANTERNS AND DECORATIONS

The winding path affords spectacular views of Lynmouth and the harbour area. Decorated with colourful lanterns and accompanied by wandering musicians and performers. The lower section will be filled with striking stripes of colour from vibrant encapsulate tubes cradled in the branches of selected trees.

WANTED : 4 X SET DRESSERS / TECHNICIANS TO DECORATE TREES


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INSTALLATION 14 - SEA VIEW - PROMENADE / ESPLANADE - STREET ENTERTAINERS OVERLOOK A FLOTILA OF ILLUMINATED YACHTS

Troupes of street entertainers provide an eclectic array of music and performance. The entertainers fill the esplanade with life, energy and fun.

From the esplanade our walkers will see a small flotilla of yachts, their coloured sales backlit light floating lanterns.

WANTED : 8 X SMALL YACHTS WITH YACHTSMEN TO MORE UP OUTSIDE HARBOUR WITH BACKLIT SAIL AND DECORATIVE LANTERNS ON BOARD. WE WILL PROVIDE LIGHTS AND KIT


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INSTALLATION 15 - LIGHTHOUSE. - A poignant symbol of survival at sea.

A symbol of survival at sea – The lighthouse will be equipped with a high power searchlight beaming a ray of hope into the dark sea air. A lonesome illuminated goat will be our harbourmaster.


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INSTALLATION 16 - HARBOUR PARK - BIG TOP LIVE MUSIC ARENA

‘Fight to Survive – Keep Music Live’.

A live music venue hosting a variety of musical styles in a continuous programme of jazz, folk and rock. A mix of local and regional talent. The tent will be highly decorated with cascades of red festoon and miniature chandeliers.

WANTED: 2 X STAGE HANDS, 4 X STAGE SECURITY


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INSTALLATION 17 - SEA SHORE PARK - BEACH HILL FIGURES AMMONITES & STARFISH.

The tried and tested techniques used on the infamous Lightquest illuminated ‘Hill Figures’ will be applied to an intimate collection of ‘beach art’. Using themes of marine fossils and shells an array of ammonites and starfish created with rope light, pea bulbs and LED lights will adorn the beach side park

WANTED : 3 X GENERAL HELPERS TO HELP LAYOUT AND CREATE ROPELIGHT IMAGES. PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTION AND GUIDANCE WILL BE PROVIDED. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.


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INSTALLATION 18 - RIVER AND BRIDGES - MARINE LANTERNS.

Our Marine environment fighting to survive.

A shoal of glowing fish land sea creature lanterns will float above the flowing waters of the River Lyn. A series of steel catenary wires stretched between the opposite banks of the river will provide a home for this beautiful lantern array representing the many species of fish and other marine life threatened by extinction. Situated between the xx bridge and the xx footbridge the suspended lantern installation will draw attention to the ‘fight for survival’ of all of our sea creatures. Lanterns will be created at a series of community summer workshops throughout the South West region.

WANTED : 4 X STAGE HANDS TO ASSIST IN RIGGING OF DECORATIONS. VOLUNTEERS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM AS WORK WILL BE ADJACENT TO RIVER BANKS.


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INSTALLATION 19 - HARBOUR PARK - RECYCLED GARDEN

Created from a mix of domestic and industrial waste, this beautiful garden reveals a catalogue of surprises. Created by various community groups this installation will embrace a common goal for recycling.

WANTED : COMMUNITY GROUPS, SCHOOLS AND ANY ONE FROM THE COMMUNITY TO CREATE A SPECTACULAR RECYCLED GARDEN FROM WASTE AND RUBBISH. PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE WILL BE GIVEN FROM A LEADING SET DESIGNER AND CONSTRUCTION TEAM.


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INSTALLATION 20 - ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH - RISING TIDES

A video installation that explores the issues of rising sea levels. Global warming delivering its threatening impact all around us on our coastal shores.

WANTED : 2 X STAGE HANDS – NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.


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INSTALLATION 21 - GLEN LYN GORGE

‘Forest Fairies’ fighting to survive amongst a threatening world occupied by sinister and magical ‘Creatures of the Night’.

Enter the mysterious and magical world of Glen Lyn and discover the tree fairies. Watch the unfolding battle as Elves and Hob Goblins battle to take over the space. A mixture of live performance, spectacular lighting, fire effects and video will transform this space. Will the Forest Fairies Survive!!!!

WANTED : 8 X WANDERING PERFORMERS.
6 X STAGE HANDS / FIRE WATCHERS.
1 X STAGE MANAGER.
1 X ASSISTANT ELECTRICIAN
1 X ASSISTANT SOUND TECHNICIAN


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ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS

Cliff Railway

The cliff railway will provide an essential complimentary link between the two towns. The railway will be floodlit for the event period.

Golden Goat Hunt /Trail

A series of images, art pieces and sculptures will pepper the route. Our audience will be invited to enter a competition to uncover all the goats. Winning contestants will be entered into a prize draw. A local jewellery maker is being sought to create a golden goat necklace for the prize.

Little Switzerland

Thirty hotels and five churches will be floodlit for the event. A range of subtle colours will be chosen creating a uniform look and quality to the scene. The total effect will create a fantastic Illuminated panorama recreating the image of ‘Little Switzerland.

Hill Figures

Two locations are being sought to enable the creation of two large illuminated hill figures. The hill figures will be switched on at the end of the night and visible to our audience as they make their return journeys home.

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