New public art festival to light up King’s Lynn this winter

A new public art festival to light up King’s Lynn this winter

A brand new festival combining live performance, projection and augmented reality, is set to take place in King’s Lynn this winter, thanks to a £49,000 grant from the Arts Council England. Following on from Collusion’s successful interactive showcase in September 2017, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk will work with the experimental arts organisation to design and curate a spectacular experience across the town.

This £97,000 project has received funding from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, Discover King’s Lynn (BID) and Norfolk County Council, with additional in-kind support from Collusion and the borough council.

A series of immersive works, created by local and national artists, will run for six weeks from mid November 2018.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “Securing this funding is excellent news for the town and wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partners. Collusion’s experience here will be invaluable as they certainly created a buzz in the town with their showcase project last year. Having a festival to brighten up the dark winter nights will be great for the area and hopefully attract people from further afield into the town for the evening.”

Plans will be developed further over the coming months as Rachel Drury, Director at Collusion, explains: “King’s Lynn will be leading the way nationally as we will bring together local and national creative talent across a wide number of disciplines to create and deliver a ground-breaking public art project.”

Darren Taylor, Chair of Discover King’s Lynn (King’s Lynn BID), said: “King’s Lynn BID is delighted to be involved with such an exciting and innovative project. The BID is committed to doing all it can to make visiting the town centre a true experience and I am certain this festival will be very well received. It’s great that by working with our partners that we can bring something so exciting to King’s Lynn.”