Kent-based arts charity Strange Cargo has announced that the fourth edition of the Cheriton Light Festival will take place on the 24th and 25th February 2018, from 6 – 9pm.
Founded in 2013 and staged every two years, the festival offers the public a chance to see the very best in light art, with commissioned works created by leading figures in the field. Hailed as the largest winter arts festival in Kent – more than 10,000 people attended its last edition in 2016 – it transforms Cheriton, a coastal resort near Folkestone, into a blaze of light and colour.
Amongst the artists participating in this year’s event is Ross Ashton, who came to widespread public recognition for his light projections onto Buckingham Place during the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002.
In total there are 28 light installations. Participating artists include: Kate Beaugie, Jyll Bradley, Callum Cooper, Digital Funfair (Gavin Morris), Steffi Klenz, Ray Lee, Tabitha Lewis, Richie Moment, Karen Monid (collaborating with Ross Ashton) and Greg Stobbs. As always, the event has a truly international flavour, with artists coming from Germany, Palestine, Greece, Peru and Turkey.
Other artists have contributed to the festival, as have the people of Cheriton. For example, the famous ‘light windows trail’ created by Greg Stobbs encourages visitors to explore Cheriton’s criss-crossing network of roads, their path made clear by 50 illuminated windows in residents’ homes.
‘We believe that extraordinary art can and should happen where people live, and we are delighted to have an inspiring line up of international artists at this year’s festival whose work will transform Cheriton for the weekend.’
– Brigitte Orasinski, Strange Cargo Artistic Director
She adds: ‘We are very excited by the return of Ross Ashton, whose recent captivating projection on Durham Cathedral was seen by thousands – together with Karen Monid, their mapped projection and soundscape LINE for All Souls will mesmerise visitors.’
The festival, which is free, receives major support from Arts Council England, Shepway District Council and Eurotunnel, with additional funding from Folkestone Town Council, Kent County Council, Canterbury Cathedral and the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.