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Digital fireworks to light up the night in Leicester

  • Date: 15 November 2013
  • Area: Midlands

Audiences at the Light the Night festival in Leicester will become artists as they take creative control of a spectacular digital fireworks display set to light up the night sky on Sunday 17 November.

Inspired by Leicester’s UK City of Culture 2017 bid theme of illumination, Light the Night is a free outdoor festival of light for all ages, and includes a huge digital firework display created by PixelPyros.

Funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts scheme, PixelPyros will wow visitors to Orton Square from 5.30-8pm with a digital light display using state-of-the-art projectors and lasers beamed onto a massive 60-foot wide screen.

Audiences can get up close with digital art by touching bright orbs of light on the screen to trigger multi-coloured rockets as part of the colourful display.

Seb Lee-Delisle, the BAFTA-award-winning creator of PixelPyros, explains: “At most firework displays it’s the qualified pyrotechnicians that get to have all the fun. PixelPyros turns that on its head and actually relies on the audience to make it happen. Come down and help us make our event go off with a digital bang!”

The festival has been put together by Phoenix cinema and art centre, Leicester’s Cultural Quarter Business Association (CQBA) and artists’ collective Creative Manifesto.

It has also been supported by other organisations in the Cultural Quarter, including Curve, NCP, Chutney Ivy and Datanext.

For a full run down of Light the Night’s programme visit http://www.phoenix.org.uk/