15 January 2019

It’s 2019. An exciting year ahead beckons

Bring it on

Happy New Year and we hope you all had a great break during the holiday season catching up with friends and family.  It’s already beginning to seem like a distant memory.

Now that January is already well underway, all of us here are cranking into gear for what looks set to be another eventful year as we deliver a mix of projects and embark on some exciting new ventures.

Once again, we finished 2018 working right to the very last second of the year as we helped the people of Newcastle say goodbye to the old year and welcome 2019.  We’ve worked for many years with Newcastle on various end of year events, and this year we created an early evening fireworks display around their Civic Centre, followed by a second show over the River Tyne at the strike of midnight.

With the new year already gathering momentum we’re now looking forward to a busy January and February in various part of the UK and other parts of the globe.

Next week we’re sending a small team over to Hong Kong to deliver fire-drawing training as part of  the British Council’s new festival of ideas Spark: The Art of Science and Creativity.  This will be a fantastic opportunity to give young people the chance to explore the exciting creative possibilities of fire through fire drawings, and the science and craft behind how we make them happen.

With winter very much in full swing, there’s a warm and fiery theme to a succession of gigs coming up across the country, starting with the first of several Fire Gardens.  The first takes place this weekend Friday January 11 – Sunday January 13 as we bring the magic of fire and light to the people of North East London as part of Waltham Forest Council’s Welcome to the Forest celebrations as part of its London Borough of Culture 2019 opening event.

Fast forward to January 25 and we’re heading over the Pennines into West Yorkshire to provide some fiery installations at the newly restored Piece Hall in Halifax to mark the launch of its 2019 sculpture season.

The fiery theme continues to the end of the month when we head down to the Potteries in Staffordshire to stage a fiery promenade as part of the Stoke on Trent Light Night commissioned by Appetite Stoke.

Looking further ahead to early spring we’re excited about our new collaboration with Bradford-based disabled learning company Mind the Gap to create Zara, a giant outdoor event for all the family, to be staged in Halifax, West Yorkshire and Southwark, London in April and May.  This major outdoor show features a giant baby, 3D projection mapping, a large cast of local performers and an original music score. These jaw-dropping elements will come together to tell the epic story of one learning disabled mother, Zara, and her fight to protect her baby.

And then  in June we return once again to the streets of Manchester with our 10th edition of Manchester Day, a fabulous celebration of this great city, its people and the diverse communities who make the city what it is.  This year’s theme is Ten out of Ten – we’re giving Manchester top marks for a whole range of different reasons, but leaving our community groups and parade participants to come up with their own ideas as to what 10 out of 10 means to them.

There’s lots of other exciting projects in the pipeline so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with all our various projects.

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