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Thames Arts receives go-ahead for Tree of Light

  • Date: 2 February 2011
  • Area: London, National, South East
tree of light

An arts consortium with plans for five major events along the River Thames has received £750,000 from the Legacy Trust UK, supported with a £200,000 Arts Council England Grants for the arts award. 

Thames Arts' The Tree of Light has been selected from 100 tenders across the country to be one of only four 'Community Celebrations' to celebrate London 2012. 

The Thames Arts Consortium is made up of CIAO! Festival, Henley Festival, Oxford Inspires and Windsor Festival.

More than 1,000 participants from Oxford, Reading, Henley, Windsor and Slough will have the chance to take part in the year-long celebrations. 

The project's centre piece will be a giant sculpted Tree of Light lit by low energy LED light and powered by sustainable energy largely generated by bikers and rowers from each local community. 

Among the acclaimed artists involved in the project are theatrical design duo Bloc 9, composer Orlando Gough, and choreographer Charlie Morrissey. They will work with schools, community groups, and environmental scientists to create a huge performance piece for the finale.  

Stewart Collins, Artistic Director of Henley Festival and the inspiration behind The Tree of Light project says: 'Having now been given the thumbs up, we can confidently look forward to producing a spectacle that will have an impact on many levels right across the Thames Valley. The creative team we've assembled is strong, and I think the project will have a real impact - and legacy.'