- Date: 12 July 2012
- Area: South East
Tree of Light Oxford, 2012. Credit: Nick Serpell-Rand
Don’t miss the spectacular finale of this Thames Valley ‘community celebration’, an explosion of dance, music, and design, featuring over 1000 performers, with a 16-metre Tree of Light lit by LED and powered by cyclists at its centre.
The Tree of Light is two-year project celebrating the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, getting people to think about the environment and the lives of trees.
The final event takes place on Saturday 21 July in Stonor Park, starting with a community picnic and music from a 350-strong ‘super-choir’ and musicians during the early evening before the grand spectacle starts at 9.30 pm. The event is part of the London 2012 Festival, a 12 week UK-wide cultural celebration for the Olympic and Paralympic Games showcasing the very best of British creative talent and artistic excellence.
The project was produced by Tree of Light Consortium, including CIAO Festival, Henley Festival, Oxford Inspires, Windsor Festival and has been supported with a £200,000 Arts Council England Grants for the arts award, funding from Legacy Trust UK, and numerous partners.
The Tree of Light has involved schools and community groups along the River Thames, working with professional dancers, musicians, visual artists and writers to create a series of four outdoor performances to tie in with the route of the Olympic Torch Relay along the Thames Valley.
The project draws on original ideas from Stewart Collins and the creative talents of Artistic Director Charlie Morrissey, high tech theatrical design duo Block 9 and UK’s leading composer Orlando Gough who is known for his work in ballet, contemporary dance and theatre.
Charlie Morrissey, Artistic Director, says: ‘These monumental and theatrical events will take place at dusk and will be full of drama and excitement, light, colour and movement, creating an incredible human spectacle. The centerpiece to the events will be a 16-metre work of art – The Tree of Light – designed by acclaimed set design duo Block9, known for its sensational and apocalyptic work.’
The Tree of Light’s finale event takes place on Saturday 21 July – tickets are available from http://www.thetreeoflight.org for £10 (£8 concessions). Food and drink will also be available on site.