‘Burning the Light’ – Banff 2016

‘Burning the Light’ – Banff 2016 – Sound and Light show Returns to Castle for a Final Flourish.
On 26th November Coast Festival will present a very special free arts event in Banff. During the Coast festival weekend last year, an animated sound and light show was projected onto the outside of Banff Castle as a celebration of the 2015 International Year of Light. The original piece, created by renowned video installation artist John McGeoch, was commissioned with funding from Aberdeenshire Council and featured the work of local artists, music and poetry interwoven with footage of the land and seascape. An animated ‘skin’ wound its way over the surface of Banff Castle, making the appearance of the building shift and change.
Acting Coast Chair, Hazel Weeks, said “The screening got a lot of attention on social media at the time but had to be shown late in the evening, so many people,
particularly families with young children, missed out on seeing it. We promised last year that we would bring this event back for another showing and the perfect opportunity has come as a number of other events take place in Banff on the last weekend in November.”
Coast has commissioned John McGeoch to create a fitting finale to the original epic video projection, to be driven by sound, music, images and artwork but this time coming from artists and local school children. The inspiration for this new work called ‘Burning the Light’ has come from The Treasures of Historic Banffshire exhibition currently on at Duff House which includes the ceremonial Pictish trumpet, known as the Deskford Carnyx. Coast committee member, Rachel Kennedy, adds “ ‘Burning the Light’ refers to the ancient practice of lighting fires to conquer the long winter nights, but it’s also apt because we’re putting our last reserves into this event and saying goodbye to the Coast Festival with the end of the year. We’ve had some wonderful times and some
great achievements with this annual event and hope that we have added something to the creative life of this wonderful area. As the community has always been at the core of what we were trying to achieve we want to invite you to join us for one last time – please come along and help Coast to go out with a flourish.”
Date: 26th November 2016.
When and Where

The ‘Walk of the Carnyx’ will start at 5:00 pm at Low Street, Banff and finish with a short musical performance at Banff Castle at around 5:20 pm
‘Burning the Light’ will be shown at 5:30pm and 7:30pm, Banff Castle.
Each show lasts 50 minutes.
Refreshments will be available to purchase on site during both performances.
Contact for ‘Burning the Light’:
Alison Simpson, Coast Festival Project Co-ordinator
Links for further information:
John McGeoch – ArtsinMotion