Incredible Illuminate event to return to Gainsborough this Autumn!

Photograph of a Fire Spinner who performed at Illuminate in 2021. The performer is holding two sticks which are lit at the end. One stick has the lit end placed near her mouth, while the other stick is held in her other arm, outstretched horizontally towards the left edge of the frame.
Photograph of a performer from Illuminate 2021

Residents and visitors to West Lindsey are invited to attend an incredible Illuminate event involving lanterns, projections, and a spectacular fire garden this November. 

On Saturday 26 November 2022, Gainsborough will once again be filled with light and sound with fabulous projections onto the walls of Gainsborough Old Hall, a fire garden in the grounds of All Saints’ Parish Church, street performers and a guided walk along Trent Riverside.

This year’s event theme is "West Lindsey Voices", featuring local people’s thoughts on the district’s past, present, and future, gathered through schools’ workshops and community consultation by lead artists Electric Egg. There will be daytime activities at Gainsborough Heritage Centre and an art trail through the town centre, and evening activities around the Old Hall and All Saints’ Parish Church.

Leader of West Lindsey District Council, Councillor Owen Bierley, said:

“Growing on the incredible success of our Illuminate event last year, I am delighted to welcome residents and visitors back to West Lindsey to attend this spectacular event.”

West Lindsey District Council’s event lead, Dr Anna Scott, added:

“We are excited to see our Illuminate event return this year, with activities throughout the day from 10am until 8:30pm. We are also pleased to be working with All Saints’ Parish Church and Gainsborough Old Hall once more, where the specially commissioned projections about our local place and heritage and what that means to people will light up their own historic walls. There will be new, additional activity at Gainsborough Heritage Centre thanks to the support of their dedicated team of volunteers.”

English Heritage, who manage Gainsborough Old Hall, are delighted to be involved with the event once again, with Site Manager Mick Grundy adding:

“It is fantastic that Gainsborough Old Hall and English Heritage are once again able to work with West Lindsey District Council on such a wonderful event.

“I am delighted to be able to open the grounds up for the Illuminate event and to use the Old Hall as a stunning backdrop for the visual projections creating a great way to mix our local history with modern technology!"

Further information on the upcoming plans for the event on 26 November will be promoted throughout the coming weeks on both our West Lindsey District Council and Discover Gainsborough social media pages.

This event has been made possible by funding from Arts Council England, West Lindsey District Council and Gainsborough Town Council.

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