2018 is here

Winter was a busy season for us, with ‘Lumiere’ in Durham and London both attracting huge numbers of visitors, a new project ‘Christmas at the Botanics’ opening in Edinburgh in November and other new projects starting in the Spring. This year we have HippFest: Hippodrome Silent Film Festival opening on 21 March at the Hippodrome in Bo’ness. This five day festival was recently awarded bronze in the Silent London polls at the turn of the year, for ‘best silent film festival’ pipped only by Pordenone in Italy and the British Silent Film Festival.

Generation Science is back on the road in January, touring to over 600 primary schools throughout Scotland and we have a robust PR campaign behind it running until May. We are also back at Assembly Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival this summer with plenty more other projects in the pipeline keeping us busy until the end of the summer. More soon…

2017 summertime

Summer is almost here and this month we have been working with the Granary Gallery in Berwick on a new exhibition of work by the Scottish Colourists. Opening at the end of May, this exhibition includes 26 celebrated works by Peploe, Hunter, Fergusson and Cadell from the prestigious Fleming Collection.

In June we are at the Hydro for the Girlguiding Tartan Gig with Jess Glynne headlining, we are also off to Poland with Periplum’s outdoor show 451 inspired by Ray Bradbury’s visionary novel Fahrenheit 451 and produced in collaboration with Corn Exchange Newbury.

At the end of June, we will be heading off to So Festival for their annual family-friendly arts festival, returning in August to Stockton-on-Tees for the 30th Stockton International Riverside Festival. Staying closer to home we will also be working with the team at Assembly Festival on the press for their fantastic Fringe programme which includes new theatre from Irvine Welsh, a stellar line-up of international performers, new comedy, children’s shows including the much-loved Hairy MacLary from Donaldson’s Dairy and the very best in dance and physical theatre.

Plus for budding detectives and super sleuths don’t miss Geraldine Pilgrim Production Company’s The Missing Passenger at the National Railway Museum in York until 3 September.

2017 silent cinema and trains

Once again Hogmanay was spent at home in Edinburgh: backstage in Princes Street Gardens. Since then we have been working in Bo’ness launching this year’s Hippodrome Silent Film Festival which takes place in the stunning 1912 fully restored Hippodrome Cinema in March. We’re also planning for Stockton International Riverside Festival and have another fantastic Lumiere to look forward to in Durham at the end of the year. Generation Science has kicked off and is touring to over 600 schools in Scotland plus artist Gerry Pilgrim has a new piece opening at York Railway Museum in March. More details to follow soon.

2016 Lights go on at Blenheim Palace

The end of 2016 saw a new lit trail open at Blenheim Palace with a scented Fire Garden, carpet of fire and luminescent lanterns, glowing boats and a pond filled with presents and snowflakes. We spent three weeks on the build with Culture Creative who also produce Christmas at Kew.

Summer is on its Way…

Elton John is coming to Edinburgh and we are behind the scenes at Meadowbank on Saturday 25 June before heading south to Skegness for the SO Festival of street art and music. At the end of July, we go south again to Stockton on Tees for this year’s Stockton International Riverside Festival which is one of the largest outdoor street art festivals in the UK.
Closer to home we have plenty to promote in Fife and Dundee with new services starting for The Yard and the Science Festival’s 25th anniversary continuing with a tour of the Isles and a trip to the most northerly school in the UK in the summer term. So it’s all crossed for soft winds, sunshine and many smiling audiences over the coming months.

2016 – A Busy Start to the Year

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – Lumiere London – So Festival – Stockton International Riverside Festival – Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema – Generation Science – The Yard

The year kicked off backstage at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with Public Image working behind the scenes on the health and safety for the event. January continued with Lumiere London lighting up the streets and seeing over 1 million visitors enjoying Top’la Design’s Elephantastic shaking its trunk and Janet Echelman’s net filling the skies above Oxford Circus.

Closer to home we are well underway with the marketing campaign for this year’s Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema which takes place in Bo’ness from 16-20 March. The Festival brings world-class music, red carpet glamour and rarely-seen silent era films to Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema.

We are also busy with the regional press campaign for Generation Science which will tour to over 600 primary schools throughout Scotland. From the Borders to Shetland, bringing science to life in the classroom with its programme of 17 different workshops and shows.

Later in the year we are in Stockton on Tees for the Street Art Festival and in Skegness for So. More to be announced soon so like us on facebook to stay up to date.

2015 – Fogscape, Sydney and Falkirk

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – Lumiere Durham – Stockton International Riverside Festival – So Festival – SHINDIG XX111 – Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors in Sydney – Creative Place Awards 2015 – The Falkirk Music Pot – What the F**kirk? – The Yard – The Big Fun*Raiser

The year ended on the streets of Durham with what was one of the most packed Lumiere festivals ever. On every corner there were fantastic lit artworks to enjoy. A favourite has to have been Fujiko Nakaya’s Fogscape drifting gracefully across the River Wear.
Earlier in the year we ran the marketing campaigns for two projects created to celebrate Falkirk winning a Creative Place Award in 2014 . The first was The Falkirk Music Pot, a year-long workshop programme directed and created by folk legend Brian McNeill (The Battlefield Band). The second project, launched in June was The Falkirk Story led by Falkirk bairn Alan Bissett.
Alan had been working with local writers from the area to create Alight Here: An Anthology of Falkirk Writing and What the F**kirk? a one-man comedy play which toured the Falkirk area during the first two weeks of June.

Our communications contract at The Yard, our favourite charity in Edinburgh which provides adventure play for disabled children, continued and this year Ian also got involved, volunteering to run the sound desk for the Big Fun Raiser and doing a stint as Santa at the Christmas party.

We also worked on a two-day dance event in Newcastle SHINDIG XX111, went on tour to Sydney with the Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition, managed an aerial production of The Selfish Giant for the reopening of the High Street in Stockton, and the production of their hugely popular and successful annual street art festival. What a busy year!