Hadrian’s Wall to be lit

Not sure I fancy the idea, but it’s just temporary, I think.

Newcastle Journal

PLANS are under way to light up the 73-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall as the highlight of the Northumberland Lights festival of 2009.

Zoe
Bottrell, director of the festival, said yesterday that the
illumination of the path of the Roman wall – both lighting the
remaining sections and marking its original path – was one of the main
profile-raising plans of Hadrian’s Wall Heritage for 2009.

“We’ll
be working with partners in the North West to enable us to get right
across,” she said. Meanwhile the programme for this winter’s
Northumberland Lights has been announced. It opens on November 2 with
the popular Blyth in a New Light. It will feature innovative
architectural lighting followed by a spectacular fireworks display on
the quayside. Kielder – Out of Water, billed as a “magical experience”,
is due to take place over two weekends between November 8 and 16.
Organisers promise a unique journey through Kielder Forest on the newly
developed Lakeside Way, featuring art and music. The festival continues
at the end of November (28-30) with The State of Berwick, a celebration
of the town coinciding with the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and featuring artistic installations, music and radio broadcasts.

Meanwhile
Guerrilla Lighting will illuminate the public’s favourite nominated
landmarks for one night only, creating temporary splashes of colour
across the county.

Zoe Bottrell said the Northumberland Lights
festival, first held in 2006, had been a great success, bringing 45,000
winter visitors to attractions across the county. Phil Supple was once
again appointed creative director of the festival. He said: “I was
delighted to be asked back and am looking forward to the third year of
Northumberland Lights. 2008 promises to be our most exciting programme
yet, with our creative and production team hard at work putting
together this unique series of events.”

For full details of the festival visit http://www.northumberlandlights.com

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