Imagination our Nation lights up Nottingham

Eternal puppet

Eternal puppet

Imagination our Nation (ION) is a free, fantastic spectacle that will play a major part in the Nottingham’s Light Festival this month on the 18th of February. It plans to bring together artists, young people and communities across Great Britain, using music, dance and outdoor performance to celebrate culture in communities.

Taking place at the City’s Brewhouse Yard Museum gardens, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham, at 6pm next Friday, the event will see the first gathering of the illuminating family of 5 giant puppets known as ‘Eternals’.

The Eternals are brought to Nottingham by an international outdoor performance company Kinetika – in partnership with City Arts Nottingham and Nottingham City Council.

The Eternals’ visit to Light Night marks an important milestone for Kinetika’s unique, cutting-edge project Imagination Our Nation.

Drawing inspiration from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Imagination Our Nation aims to involve young people in shaping their future – becoming champions, achieving their personal best and fulfilling their potential, whatever that may be, as citizens of tomorrow.

Representing one of 5 hubs of the innovative 5-year project, City Arts Nottingham is taking a leading role in this national conversation.

Imagination Our Nation culminates over the period of the 2012 Games, with huge and fantastic celebratory events involving its thousands of participants from Nottingham and across the UK.

Ali Pretty, who devised Imagination Our Nation for Kinetika, said: “We are thrilled that Light Night will see this fabulous group of characters being illuminated for the first time.  Since our project began in 2008, a number of characters have arrived into communities across Great Britain. Processional structures and magical puppets have brought story, dance, music and wonder to thousands of people in hundreds of events, big and small.

“Many people will remember the arrival in Nottingham’s Market Square of Star Child, who has since visited a number of schools, parks and events in the City.  We’ve discovered that everyone, especially children, are completely mesmerised by Star Child.  No matter where she goes she receives a wonderful welcome.  And now we have the ‘elders’, the Eternals, here at the Brewhouse Yard, to begin their part in the story.”

Alison Denholm of City Arts added: “As a core partner of the ION project, we are delighted to be hosting the first gathering of the Eternals, each of whom will bring at least one smaller Champion puppet with them. Through our community and schools programmes, we have created giant chimes, canopies of leaves and the beautiful Nottingham Goddess.  These will all be there to welcome the Eternals. We hope as many people as possible will be able to see this fabulous event on 18th Feb as part of the Light Night Festival.”

For further information, please tel Miranda Johnson: 01962 890208

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Tel Rachel Shimel: 02380 732981

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Email Ali Pretty, Kinetika:

Tel Alison Denholm: 0115 9782463

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