Published on : Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Scotland is all set to celebrate this St Andrew’s Day with newest art and light winter illumination. The Scottish Maritime Museum in North Ayrshire launched this Harbour Festival of Light which will take place along Irvine Harbourside.
It will include a free firework display and a free water-themed sculpture trail by international light artists Aether and Hemera, who will be exhibiting in Scotland for the first time.
Illumination, which has received support as part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals events programme, will also feature aerial acrobatic performances within the museum, a community lantern parade and closing fireworks on December 3.
It will be a four-day festival, running from dusk to 10 pm daily, and will begin on St Andrew’s Day on November 30. The Saltire blazes across the night sky in a pyrotechnic display over Irvine Harbour will indeed be a spectacular thing to watch.
The launch night fireworks will mark Scotland’s national day, designed to celebrate the country’s history, culture and heritage with people both at home and abroad. The free illumination Light Trail at the heart of the festival, which has also been made possible through funding from North Ayrshire Council, Creative Scotland, Arts & Business Scotland through a New Arts Sponsorship Grant, Caledonian MacBrayne, Booth Welsh and in sponsorship from NPL Estates, will feature three sculpted light installations.
The trailblazing art and design collective Aether and Hemera will create ‘Voyage’, ‘On the Wings of Freedom’ and ‘Dreamt Vessels’ which will twinkle along the River Irvine and within the museum courtyard. At the Harbourside Museum, the colossal façade of the A Listed Linthouse will be animated for the first time in its 150 years with pulsating colours for the illumination Light and Aerial Art Spectacular.
The Scottish Maritime Museum said that they have been overwhelmed with the support they received to create a new national celebration for St Andrew’s Day.