1st September - 5th November 2017
Blackpool Illuminations LightPool Festival 2016
Thanks to the Coastal Communities Fund, alongside further investment from Blackpool Council LightPool Festival is back! The 2016 LightPool Festival is biggher and better than ever. There are multiple performances in and around the town center, Blackpool's Comedy Carpet and in St Johns square. The performances really do light up the stage, so to speak. With Fire, Light, Music and Dance.
LUMIDOGS GRAND FINALE
WITH SPECIAL GUEST
LUCY HEATH AND TRIP HAZARD
Sun 30th Oct | St. John’s Square | 6pm | 2hours
Produced by the in-house team and exclusive to LightPool Festival, Lumidogs is back and it’s bigger and better than ever before! Guided by our team of artists and costume designers, we have run workshops in various locations around Blackpool and the surrounding areas during September and October to create doggy fashion items to dress up the region’s beloved pooches. Join us for the finale, a mass illuminated dog-walk and an extravagant staged event featuring a star-studded cast of special guests, including the one and only Trip Hazard from Britain’s Got Talent! ‘Crufts meets Cabaret’, a Blackpool first. To get involved please visit facebook.com/lumidogs
ON THE EDGE OF A RISING TIDE
SOUND INTERVENTION WITH
MUSICIANS FROM BOOM BIKE BOURRÉE
Sun 30th Oct | St. John’s Square | 6pm | 2hours
This off-grid outdoor cinema will rove through the streets of Blackpool to tell a story about issues that affect all of us who live near the North West coast. On the Edge of a Rising Tide has six parts over 45minutes, moving in procession from site to site. A joint commission by Light Up Lancaster and Lancashire Encounter.
Sat 29th Oct | St. John’s Square | 8pm | 50 mins
Direct from France, Compagnie Bilbobasso come to Blackpool with Polar, a fable of fire and tango. As night falls, lights are shed on a woman with her hair drawn back. She is in a panic, fearing the presence of a killer that the audience cannot see. The multi-skilled cast then take you on a journey through Argentinian Tango where our leading lady plays with gangster-musicians. Featuring a whole host of breath-taking fire performances and an exploding piano, this show has been described as ‘thriller meets silent film’ and features a multi-talented cast of dancers, musicians and fire performers.
MR WILSON’S SECOND LINERS
Mon 31st Oct | 7pm & 9pm | Procession, Comedy Carpet | Performance, St. John’s Square
A rabble of mischievous northerners, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners form a traditional New Orleans funeral brass band. However, this is no sombre occasion: Mr Wilson’s expend their collective musical talent paying homage to the diehard days of the Hacienda, 90s club culture and its greatest hero, Mr Tony Wilson.
These revolutionary genre bashers knock the First Line sideways, opting for upbeat dance tracks over traditional slow hymns. Proudly stepping out in uniformed style, they channel the spirit of the 24 hour party people and get audiences dancing wherever they play.
The vision is an anarchic, street extravaganza, bursting with colour and sound, rallying impromptu raves on street corners and rousing audiences young and old into a joyful frenzy.
WORLDBEATERS MUSIC WITH
PYROTECHNICS FROM PA-BOOM
Wed 2nd Nov | Procession, Comedy Carpet, 9.30pm Performance, St. John’s Square, 9.50pm
From the original illuminated LED drummers, Spark! is like nothing else! Five mysterious characters made of light and sound will take you on an extraordinary and mesmerising journey. High impact drumming and lovable musical arrangements, beautiful lighting design, dynamic choreography, dazzling costumes: this is a must see.
New and exclusively to LightPool Festival in 2016, Worldbeaters Music are working with students from Blackpool & Fylde College to create a bespoke new section of the show for Spark! This will provide the next generation of performers from Blackpool with skills and experience, providing the 3rd year Musical Theatre Degree students with their first professional credit.
Pyrotechnic virtuosos pa-Boom will join the party to take Spark! to the next level, with an explosive, percussive finale to the show, concluding the LightPool Festival.
LES INTERVENTIONS MOBILES
LES COMMANDOS PERCU WITH
THE FIREWORKS COLLECTIVE
Tue 1st Nov | Comedy Carpet and St. John’s Square | 8pm | 40 mins
Percussion, fire, lights, motion: pure energy.
From direct contact with the public, the huge sound box will begin at the Comedy Carpet and work its way to St. John’s Square. This human machine shows off its rhythm and drags the audience along a path punctuated with pyro surprises. Shouts, drums, sparkles: an exhilarating spiral! Pioneers of street fire performance Les Commandos Percu bring incredible strength to blow the audience away.
At the square they meet The FireWorks Collective, who represent the UK fire performance community at the Burning Man festival in Nevada each year. Non-professional performers from around the UK gather to create choreography together through the year, to take to the US.
This international collaboration is a first for Blackpool and promises night to remember for the whole family.
CAPTAIN KRONOS: RETURN TO PLANET EARTH
KAZIMIER PRODUCTIONS WITH
BLACKPOOL & FYLDE COLLEGE
Fri 28th Oct | Procession, Comedy Carpet, 7.20pm, 20mins
Performance in St. John’s Square, 7.40pm
Finale Spectacle, 15 mins
Fresh from an arduous battle liberating planet Jupiter, Captain Kronos - the intergalactic time travelling hero - arrives above Blackpool’s night sky in his spacecraft the Kronos for a special star appearance. His spacecraft hovers high and pulsates high above St. John’s Square. A hatch opens and the Captain descends in a beam of light and smoke, firing a shower of pyro as if propelled by rockets. Once landed he is greeted with a spectacular display. Created to celebrate the closure of cult venue the Kazimier in Liverpool, his message of light and love befits the launch of LightPool Festival 2016.
All performances are subject to change and may be effected by weather conditions.