Longbridge Light Festival 2014: Back to the Future / by Claire Farrell

Longbridge Light Festival 2014: Back to The Future

Longbridge Light Festival (LLF) was created as part of Longbridge Public Art Project by WERK.

5,500 visitors attended the inagurual festival in 2014

'...the atmosphere and positivity that could be felt in Longbridge town centre was amazing. Visitors were fully immersed in a journey of exploration across the site; an exploration of technology, interaction, imagination, regeneration and community, whilst never forgetting the physical, social and cultural history of the factory that once stood there. The perfect welcome back to Longbridge.' - Read a full review of Longbridge Light Festival by Rebekah Bainbridge here.

Over 25 West Midlands, UK and International artists participated in Longbridge Light Festival and the wider programme including Tran-si-tion International Conference. Tran-si-tion provided a platform for some of the leading UK and International keynote speakers to highlight best practice within regeneration schemes, urban design, strategic planning, technology innovation, placemaking and art within a social urban context.

General Public (artists Chris Poolman & Elizabeth Rowe) were commissioned by WERK to develop the artistic proposition & and co curate with Claire Farrell the inaugural Longbridge Light Festival 2014. The Festival theme devised by General Public, ‘Back to the Future’, used the metaphor of science fiction to explore the process of regeneration currently occurring in Longbridge. Over 6000 people attended the event on Saturday 25th October 2014.

Also included on the website is a shortened curatorial statement written by General Public prior to the festival.

The light festival also featured an international programme curated by WERK and work from LPAP (Longbridge Public Art Project) artist’s in residence.

General Public commissioned Derek Horton to write an essay to position Longbridge historically and his semi-autobiographical essay ‘White Heat, Brown Fields and Manufactured Dreams‘ provides a context for the light festival and wider Longbridge Public Art Project initiated by WERK.

Funded and supported by Arts Council West Midlands, Birmingham City University, Bournville College, St. Modwen, Birmingham City Council, Ballyhoo, Phil Jones Associates, London Midland and Network Rail.