Time to shine

Mick Ferris

Basildon town centre was lit up with stunning !night light” themed arts and culture on Saturday, bringing an estimated 5,000 residents together to enjoy a plethora of live music, comedy, installations, crafts, street performers and more to the Shine ON! Event.

One special showstopper was a light and audio installation in East Square, titled ‘Colony’, made up of seven, large, air and light-filled blue, tactile “sensory spheres”. Residents were invited to wander amongst them, touch and hug them. The spheres lit up, hummed and provided a contemporary soundscape.

Another commission saw a fantastic array of visuals projected through the night onto Basildon”s Brooke House building.

Spearheaded by The BasildON Creative People and Places programme – an Arts Council funded initiative to bring arts to the borough”s communities – Shine ON! is a programme running through the dark winter months up until the end of January 2024. It sees creative pop-ups, interactive workshops, family activities, community events and everything in between.

Saturday December 16 saw a jam packed three hours of entertainment with many of the performers incorporating the !night light”#theme into their costumes or acts.

Stilt walkers, circus acts and poi performers juggled, shimmied and shone using a jaw dropping array of LED lighting balls and other props.

Hannah Stacey, communities manager for Creative Basildon, said: “Shine ON! Basildon was a great way to bring the community together and get everyone into the festive spirit.”


Mick Ferris

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