Festival lights up seaside town

The Shimmer Festival takes place in Whitley Bay this weekend, lighting up landmarks in the town with digital art.

Shimmer Festival to light up seaside town

A seaside town has taken on an enchanted feel as an illuminations festival gets underway. Whitley Bay in North Tyneside is staging 'Shimmer', a digital arts festival introduced last year as a build-up to Bonfire Night, bathing buildings in waves of light.

An animated film called ‘Diversión' forms the centrepiece of the event, lighting up the town's Spanish City dome in vibrant colours.The Waves leisure pool and the Panama Dip skate park are hosting light-based works by cutting-edge artists.

The festival, which has a £50,000 budget, will draw to a close with a fireworks display held on Sunday evening.

"The council had never commissioned anything like that before, but when they saw how fantastic it was they thought we’ve got to do it again.“One of the reasons the festival was so successful last year was that people really responded to the work."

– Kevin Wallace, North Tyneside Council

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