Spectacular light projections to wow crowds at Christmas Light Festival

Published: Tuesday, 27th October 2015

A spectacular light projection will wow crowds as the finale to two nights of this year’s Christmas Light Festival.

It will see a light show projected onto the side of the Clarendon Building facing down Broad Street, while speakers dotted through the crowd will complete the audio-visual experience.

The show - called Re:action and by artist Dan Shorten of Anomic Multimedia - will last 15 minutes and take place at 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Friday 20 November and every hour between 4.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 21 November.

Between the shows there will be the chance for the public to interact by casting wands over a scale model of the Clarendon Building – which will create a range of effects, from ivy growing to fireflies buzzing, all over the actual building.

Re:action has been funded by Oxford City Council and Arts Council England. Arts Council England has helped fund this year’s Christmas Light Festival with a £15,000 grant, which will also pay for a light and sound trail around the city from Oxford Contemporary Music and a Dancin’ Oxford stage in Gloucester Green.

The Christmas Light Festival, which has a theme of Light and Energy this year, will take place between Friday 20 November and Sunday 22 November and is organised by Oxford City Council and Ian Nolan Events in partnership with Oxford’s Cultural Organisations, on behalf of communities across the city.

The festival will see a lantern procession featuring 240 young people from eight of the city’s primary schools weave its way through the city centre from Queens Street on Friday 20 November - the best viewing positions for this are Queen Street and Cornmarket Street.

Workshops are currently being held throughout the city to build the lanterns, which this year will be made from recycled plastic bottles. Residents can help by donating 2-litre green plastic bottles at Oxford Town Hall and Arts at the Old Fire Station.

There will also be a multitude of free activities and events across Oxford’s best loved venues and spaces, and on the Saturday and Sunday there will also be a Christmas Market in Broad Street offering stocking fillers and festive delights. Stalls will include artisan food – ranging from German sausages to Japanese dumplings – mulled wine and cider, and a range of hand-made crafts – from candles, toys and decorations, to jewellery and soaps.

Event guides will be available throughout Oxford from the first week of November.

Councillor Mark Lygo, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Sports and Events, said: “Anomic Multimedia is one of the UK’s leading multimedia artists and I genuinely cannot wait to see what they do with one of Oxford’s most iconic buildings.

“This year’s Christmas Light Festival was already shaping up to be an incredible event, but this has now taken it to another level.

“So many talented people are coming together to be part of it – the Christmas Light Festival is truly going to be one of the highlights of the year.”

For more information about the Christmas Light Festival, visit the Oxford's Christmas website or follow @OXChristmas or #OxLightFest15 on Twitter.