This winter, an experience like no other is coming to Leeds as The Wood Beneath The World opens to the public on 17 November.
The Wood Beneath The World is a large-scale, magical forest installation hidden in the depths of Leeds Town Hall Crypt, which has been growing silently for decades. Its roots and trees have now burst through the floors and walls, and the wood has taken over. The exhibition opens on 17 November, allowing audiences an immersive hour-long adventure with an element of site-specific performance by mysterious characters that live there.
The installation will include evening experiences for adults, daytime workshop sessions for school groups and a unique Father Christmas experience on weekends, where visitors are treated to a journey through the woods and storytelling sessions led by the man himself.
While the exhibition is open, the Town Hall's old Victorian cells will also play host to The Wood Beneath the World's pop-up bar, where visitors can mull over the experience. There will be a selection of mulled wine, cider, craft beers and soft drinks on offer in the cosy bar, which will be open 5-11pm on weekdays and 11am-11pm on weekends.
The Leeds City Council project has been created by design studio, Lord Whitney. The design-duo and their production team have built the set in the Town Hall Crypt, and an ambitious and an all-encompassing use of lighting, sound and performance combine to create a truly mesmerising experience for visitors of all ages.
The Wood Beneath The World closes on 10 January 2015.