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City Centre Buildings Illuminated
Memories of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the London Olympics will be recalled when Wolverhampton launches its own festival of light. The free event on October 26 and 27 will use technology previously employed to illuminate Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament to mark the special occasions in the capital.
Light spectacular: Buckingham Palace illuminated
Wolverhampton's Into The Light – Enchanted City will feature an incredible light display across landmark buildings in the city centre including Queens Square, St Peters Church, the University and the Art Gallery. The display will culminate in a spectacular fireworks show.
The aim is to bring the city centre to life and encourage families, young people and community groups to enjoy a spectacular event of visual entertainment and home-grown performing arts talent.
Ross Ashton, the artist behind the display, says: ''I am delighted to have been invited to work in Wolverhampton city centre for the first time, illuminating city centre buildings with large scale projected images as a visual poem to the city as part of the Enchanted City event.''
Celebration: Lighting up Buckingham Palace
The festival will also provide a stage for over a dozen performance groups from schools and colleges in the area. This will include dance, traditional music, popular youth bands and art.
Street performances on the evening of October 26 will embrace a Diwali theme, following on from the afternoon's Diwali celebrations in Wolverhampton's Phoenix Park. The street performers' theme for October 27 will be Halloween.
Into The Light – Enchanted City will run from 6.30 pm to 10pm on October 26 and 27, with fireworks beginning at 9.15 pm.