SO Festival visitors to go on magical journey

The 'Echo funnel' will bring it's ear and voice to amaze in Spilsby. EMN-140616-174052001
The 'Echo funnel' will bring it's ear and voice to amaze in Spilsby. EMN-140616-174052001

Snowy tundras, luminous fairies and fire-spouting musical instruments will help ‘transport visitors to another place’ when SO Festival arrives in Spilsby.

On Tuesday, July 1, projection artist Ross Ashton will transform the façade of the old Town Hall in Spilsby into a fantastic work of art as his newest projection display, Parts Unknown, is unveiled.

There will also be a ‘wise and whispering’ Echo Funnel, magical fairies tapping on their jam jars during Sprite Symphony and the bright and melodic pyrophones.

Parts Unknown will evoke the mystery and romance of the 19th century Arctic, drawing on magic lantern imagery and gripping soundscapes from creative designer Karen Monid.

“In keeping with the festival’s theme of journeys, we hope to transport visitors to another time and place,” said Ross.

“Parts Unknown depicts a snow desert and the heroic nature of the Victorian explorer.”

“We are delighted to once again be part of this festival and hope that visitors become totally immersed in what we’ve created,” he added.

East Lindsey District Council portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism Coun Adam Grist said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Ross back to East Lincolnshire 
and cannot wait to see what he and Karen have in store for Spilsby. We’re sure it will be amazing.

“As well as Ross’ projections, SO Festival in Spilsby will also feature a selection of fantastic art installations being placed into our communities for an evening, giving residents and visitors alike the chance to experience something unique.”

Echo Funnel, created by theatre maker Lizi Patch and prop maker Scott Thompson, is an interactive art installation, designed to resemble an ancient copper tube sprouting from the branches of an ancient tree.

Created by Davy and Kristin McGuire and originally commissioned by and developed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sprite Symphony is a magical art installation created using projections and sound to produce a display of fairies that knock and tap on their jars to generate a sparkling serenade for guests.

Pyrophones, an elaborate art installation that shoots balls of flame into the sky while creating a musical sound and rhythm, was created by Mark Anderson and Nick Sales.

The pyrophones generate musical notes that are sounded by explosions, or similar forms of rapid combustion, creating a melodic performance that is part light display, part musical instrument and not to be missed.

Also on display in Spilsby will be SO Festival’s Travelling Show of Outrageous Novelty, featuring an awe-inspiring performance ring and fanciful roaming pony traps.

Funded by East Lindsey District Council, Arts Council England and Centrica Energy, SO Festival 2014 is inspired by transport, journeys and travel, reviving the centuries-old tradition of travelling entertainment, curiosities and wonderment.