East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Date: 31 December 2017 to 31 December 2017

Location: Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne

Client: Newcastle Gateshead Initiative & Newcastle City Council

Brief: To refresh our annual New Year's Eve experience for the people of Newcastle

After many years of creating an end of year New Year's Eve winter carnival on the streets of Newcastle, our challenge for 2017 was to come up with a completely different event in a new location that still retained many of the proven successful elements of previous years, in particular community engagement and some of dark and mysterious elements that are loved by both participants and the audience.

The year then, we have devised an exciting new piece of work.  East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a bonfire build inspired by Norse mythology and local folklore which gradually emerged on Town Moor between Christmas and New Year.

Looking uncannily like a giant beast's lair, the bonfire was the centrepiece to the evening's unfolding narrative, which also featured a procession of community groups and a firework finale.

The event draws on many of the successful elements of our winter carnivals and also provided scope for lots of dramatic interpretation by participants.


Project Specification
Firework Displays
Project Scale
Creative Content
Fire and Fire Drawings
Parades and processions
Site responsive performance