Lights fangtastic as Letchworth plans a festival of frights and fantasy

Painting With Light - Letchworth Culture

Painting With Light - Letchworth Culture - Credit: Archant

An enormous light installation on Broadway Gardens will form a striking centrepiece for the Letchworth’s groundbreaking Fire and Fright Festival later this month.

An enormous light installation on Broadway Gardens will form a striking centrepiece for the Letchworth’s groundbreaking Fire and Fright Festival later this month.

Artists Loop.pH are producing the sculpture with onedotzero, taking their inspiration from the town’s unique open spaces to fashion an architectural tunnel from lightweight composite fibres designed to appear alive and breathing as it rhythmically fills with smoke.

The festival incorporates film, installations, workshops, poetry, short stories and more.

Highlights include scary live action and cake sculpture in Cakeageddon, horror-themed films at Broadway Cinema, and a wide range of free family workshops.


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Creative producer Mark Prescott said: “I am hoping that Fire and Fright will light up Letchworth and the whole region.

“We will bring a broad and varied team of world-class artists and creative teams for the festival, further animated by the contribution of local partners.

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“With strong ticket sales already in evidence, it’s clear that Fire and Fright will attract audiences from far and away as well as engage and, I hope, inspire local audiences.”

The festival is a celebration of Halloween and Guy Fawkes, showcasing a time of the year when the clocks change, the weather draws in and fire and fright can illuminate and stimulate the imagination.

To book free sessions online visit www.fireandfright.com or visit www.letchworth.com/artsandculture to find out more about the full autumn programme.

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