- Date: 11 April 2014
- Area: Midlands
Elemental Force, the spectacular series of outdoor events celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, has been shortlisted for a VisitEngland Award for Excellence in the Tourism Event of the Year category.
Funded by Arts Council England, Elemental Force put some of the region’s most significant and historic buildings centre stage, bringing audiences together to celebrate the area’s history and cultural heritage through breath-taking pyrotechnic displays, digital artwork and music.
Elemental Force was developed and staged by Déda Producing who worked with the local tourism boards, local enterprise partnerships and county and city councils to create events which would capture the attention of local audiences and bring new visitors to the East Midlands.
Throughout February and March 2013 four huge events took place at Chatsworth, Nottingham Castle, Derby Silk Mill and Newark Castle, giving people the chance to see the area’s history and heritage in a new way.
The stories behind these castles and stately homes were bought to life with giant digital projections and pyrotechnics, incorporating, sound, light, film and fire.
No two productions were the same and at each new venue the animations and effects were tailored to tell a different tale, giving audiences a truly unique experience.
Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “I’m really pleased Elemental Force has been shortlisted for Tourism Event of the Year. It was a really remarkable series of events which succeeded in showcasing the way Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire’s cultural heritage contributes to the region’s economy in a way we have never seen before
VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence celebrate the best of English tourism, helping to ensure England's place as a world-class destination. The winners of the awards will be announced on Monday 12 May.