Today (11th January) marks the beginning of Waltham Forest year as London’s Borough of Culture and naturally, they have a whole host of events planned to kick off an exciting year for the borough.
2019, this is it! Tonight is just the start of the celebrations for #WalthamForest. Celebrate 10 days to go until #WelcometotheForest with a 1st look at the film @IntoTheForestwf have created as part of the epic opening event https://t.co/Hus8DqRcvz #wfculture19 pic.twitter.com/gkKUz4miEv
— Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 (@WFculture19) January 1, 2019
The Welcome to the Forest event will take place on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th January evenings and will see giant light installations and a winter carnival., which will include:
- An audio and visual projection on the Town Hall created by artists Greenaway & Greenaway in collaboration with Mercury Music Prize-winning musician Talvin Singh.
- An immersive sound and a light installation called the Nest in Lloyd Park created by artists Marshmallow Laser Feast
- A neon-lit winter carnival along Forest Road featuring people from the borough
The borough’s council has said that it will be “the biggest party that Waltham Forest has ever seen.”
The Borough of Culture programme was launched by Sadiq Khan “to put culture at the heart of local communities.”
There are many other events that will take place over the year including:
- Shows by Africa Express, who were founded by Damon Albarn
- Artist residences led by Sir Matthew Bourne’s dance-theatre company New Adventures
- A 21st Century re-imagining of Chingford’s traditional May Day Fayre
- A light installation by visual artist Zarah Hussain which sill see the borough’s marshes illuminated by 50,000 solar powered lights
Council leader Clare Coghill said the programme would “shine a light on the stories and cultural heritage of our borough”.
So if you’re in the area this weekend, you’d be mad to miss it.
For more information visit the official website.
Article source BBC