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Brighton Festival goes (yellow and) green

Tuesday 10 May 2011 , by Shelley Bennett

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This year’s Brighton Festival played host to a striking installation, partially powered by Solar generators, provided by local Community Interest Company Firefly Solar. Compagnie Carabosse’s Jardin Flambeau – an enchanting and intimate alfresco experience - delighted the 10 000 members of the audience over the opening weekend of the Brighton Festival.

Watch a short film of the installation here (film courtesy of @jonisatwit on Twitter)

Pictures below from Vincent Le Goascoz

Pictures of the events from Matthew Andrews here

For the temporary power needed, solar power was most appropriate - the installation takes place in the green space of St. Ann’s Wells Gardens and so minimising pollution, noise & environmental impact of the performance was important.

Carabosse have staged installations across Europe, including dancing fire sculptures, flaming fire pots and cascades of candles. Each event is unique to its specific location; here they ignited their creative spark exclusively for Brighton Festival, setting this former Victorian pleasure garden ablaze in an enchanting and intimate alfresco experience. Arts critics Bella Todd says, on theartdesk website: "Every inch of St Ann’s Well Gardens was set ablaze with flaming cascades of flower pots and mechanical fire sculptures and, for two joyous nights, no one seemed to give a merde about health and safety".

The company has been working with various ZEPA partners to bring people together in a relaxed and soothing setting: in residence on a council estate in Béthune for a week in May 2010, or attracting massive crowds in Southampton in Nov 2010 at the opening of the city centre cultural quarter, or warming up the wintery atmosphere of the January Fish & Chips festival in Sotteville-lès-Rouen.

Official website : Brighton Festival 2011


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