PICTURES: Festival lights up Lewes landmarks

LewesLight 2015. Photo by James McCauley. SUS-151021-110125001
LewesLight 2015. Photo by James McCauley. SUS-151021-110125001
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Plans are already in place for LewesLight 2016 after the inaugural festival proved to be a resounding success last weekend.

Festival director Graham Festenstein said: “The event went extremely well. As it was the first time we had done this, we had only a little idea how it would go and how it would be achieved.

LewesLight 2015. Photo by James McCauley. SUS-151021-110107001

LewesLight 2015. Photo by James McCauley. SUS-151021-110107001

“Prior to the festival, we received amazing support from everyone we spoke to for help, especially the building owners who took part - for which we are extremely grateful - and tremendous interest from people who signed up to attend in large numbers, with the guided tours all fully booked a week beforehand.

“People were intrigued and often told us they had little idea what to expect. We had kept most of the venues secret and not published any photos of the type of thing we were doing as the element of surprise was very important, but consequently, I was nervous that on the day it may not have met expectations.

“However, any concerns were not necessary - we have had an overwhelmingly positive response and in fact, not a single criticism.

“Given that this is the first time we had organised the festival, I am absolutely delighted with what we have achieved.

LewesLight 2015. Photo by James McCauley. SUS-151021-110044001

LewesLight 2015. Photo by James McCauley. SUS-151021-110044001

“We have already started preparation for next year.”

The festival saw 20 buildings and public spaces, including Lewes Castle and Pells Pool, illuminated with artistic light projection accompanied by classical music, with the help of Sussex Downs College Production Arts students.

Phil Rose, head of production Arts at Sussex Downs College, said: “This event would not have happened without the overwhelming support of Sussex Downs Production Arts students, staff, Lewes Youth Theatre and Lewes Community.

“The support of Lighting profession and lighting designers from all walks of life was staggering and the students liaised directly with them over all things design and all things production – like micro apprentices that worked way into the middle of many dark and damp nights.

LewesLight 2015. Photo by James McCauley. SUS-151023-090437001

LewesLight 2015. Photo by James McCauley. SUS-151023-090437001

“The learning curve was steep but the outcome speaks for itself - LewesLight 2016 can go much further and as always with Lewes - anything could happen.”

Visit www.leweslight.co.uk for more information.

Photos by James McCauley.

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LewesLight 2015. Photo by James McCauley. SUS-151023-090502001

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