Burslem set to light up with Illuminations event


Arts programme Appetite have partnered up with Stoke-on-Trent City Council and the Cultural Forum and are set to launch a brand-new citywide event, Light Night Stoke-on-Trent.

The event is set to run for three nights from Thursday 31 January to Saturday 2 February 2019.

Across three nights at the end of January 2019, Light Night Stoke-on-Trent will see Burslem Town Centre lit up as a programme of light artworks, projections and illuminated performances take over the town centre’s buildings and streets. Created by a host of local, national and international artists, Light Night Stoke-on-Trent is a free event that will transform Burslem Town Centre with an experience suitable for all ages.

Audiences will be able to enjoy large-scale animated projections by projection experts Illuminos, live music from a local choir and hand-crafted fire sculptures from pyrotechnic experts Walk the Plank.

Abi Brown

Abi Brown speaks at the launch event for Light Night

After the disappointment of missing out on the City of Culture to Coventry, Deputy Leader of Stoke On Trent City Council Abi Brown talked about her enthusiasm to make sure that the city still has a cultural centre and that it is still very much considered ‘The Creative City.’

“It is really important for local people to feel that not just the town but that they feel represented and relevant. It is so important to make as many people as possible experience what the arts can be.”

Gemma Thomas, Appetite Director said that “Picking out the beautiful buildings of Burslem and the heritage the town has and making it sing with the new art installations and possibilities. You have to think about the current and future experiences that families can have together.

Light Night Stoke-on-Trent is match funded by Arts Council England and Stoke-on-Trent City Council and is being launched alongside ‘Making the Creative City’, the new ten-year cultural strategy for the city and #SOTCulture, a campaign to get more people championing culture.


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