Date: 
Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 11:30

Festival of Light and Sound opens tomorrow (Friday November 25)

A galaxy of Christmas colour is illuminating the Eden Project with the launch of a spectacular new laser event.

Festival of Light and Sound opens to the public tomorrow (Friday November 25) and amazing preview images show just what a stunning extravaganza awaits the public after dark at the home of the famous Biomes.

The event has been devised by acclaimed light artist Chris Levine, who led Glastonbury’s laser tribute to David Bowie. He says that the Eden event is his biggest and most ambitious yet.

Visitors will walk out on to the Eden viewing platform and gaze in awe as dramatic lasers pierce through the darkness to create a moving canopy of light, painting the Biomes and the plant displays with festive colours.

The Mediterranean Biome is the stage for an enchanting undercover after-dark experience, with a beautifully-choreographed performance of music and light. Visitors will be able to stroll the pathways and experience Eden as never before.

Gordon Seabright, Eden’s Managing Director, said: “Festival of Light and Sound is set to be one of the most spectacular, awe-inspiring events we have ever hosted at Eden. The combination of the beautiful laser show and uplifting music will draw people together and make for a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season.”

The festival features iy_project, a new event brought to Eden by Chris Levine and creative partners EdenLAB.

Chris Levine said: “We have created a sound and light work that is in parts meditative and in other parts elevating. The iy_project was born out of Eden and I can't think of a better place to experience it. It feels like coming home."

Eden Festival of Light and Sound will run on selected evenings and include a sound treatment and live performance by top musical and vocal talents from across the South West, directed by singer-songwriter Jamie Crowe and choir leader Vicky Abbott.

Bjork's spatial sound designer and iy_project collaborator Marco Perry combines multi-layered soundscapes to deliver a specially engineered 3D ambisonic audio experience, harmonised with Chris Levine’s light work

The breathtaking event is the big new addition to Christmas at Eden, alongside favourites Father Christmas and his elves and the ever-popular ice rink.

Developed first at Eden as an experimental piece supported by the Arts Council, iy_project held its international premiere at Thailand's Wonderfruit Arts festival last December. More recently iy_project was commissioned by the organisers of this year's Glastonbury Festival in a headline collaboration with conductor Charlie Hazlewood and his 45-piece orchestra.

Festival of Light and Sound performances can be enjoyed at any time between 5pm and 8pm on the following dates: November 25, 26, 27; December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 and 16-23; and December 27-30 (until 7pm on these dates). No pre-booking for the laser shows is required.

The idea of sharing the light at Eden continues when families will have the chance to meet Father Christmas and the elves in their cosy Eden camp on selected dates between November 25 and December 24.

From November 25, Father Christmas performances will take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until December 4, then daily from Friday December 9 to Saturday December 24.

Visits to meet Father Christmas cost £6 per child (under 12 months free) and £4 for adults, on top of the normal admission price.   Booking to meet Father Christmas is strongly advised through www.edenproject.com or 01726 811972.

Eden also offers a programme of relaxed performances for children with autism and sensory or communication needs who may prefer a more informal experience.

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