Light festival transforms Wolverhampton!

Buildings seemingly crumbled before people’s eyes while a dancer showed off their moves on the side of a city centre building.

Wolverhampton was transformed when the city held its first light festival. 

Some travelled for miles from across the region to catch a glimpse of the show and families called for the ‘spectacular’ display to be held again next year. 

Mosaics and traditional images depicting the city’s Anglo-Saxon heritage were also used as part of the display, which saw the moving images projected onto the side of Barclay’s bank on Lichfield Street and the university MA building on Wulfruna Street. 

Audio of poetry and readings accompanied the projections. St Peter’s Church was lit up for the occasion while St Peter’s Garden was transformed with a series of art installations made out of flames. 

Acoustic music performances were also held in the garden creating an ethereal atmosphere.

Organisers brought in the team which worked on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to carry out the show which culminated in a firework display. 

Queen Square was also transformed with shops opening late and fairground rides to entertain youngsters. 

On the stage in Queen Square there were Bollywood dancers, drummers and local band D’Votion played a set. Over at the civic centre, retro gaming was given a modern twist when games were projected onto the piazza outside the building with youngsters running around to stamp out space invaders.

Families turned out to enjoy the show which was designed to bring more people into the city at night. Mother and daughter Kate and Molly Hale from Newbridge Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, were among those who went along.

Mrs Hale aged 49, said: “We have really enjoyed it. It is really special to see the buildings in this way, and something completely different. 

“We have watched some of the performances, and  have looked round all the buildings and they look really stunning. It’s great for Wolverhampton to do something like this.”

Molly, aged 16,  added: “They just look beautiful and it’s really interesting to watch the lights and shapes change.” Ellen Osborne took along her ten-month- old son Seth Osborne-Singleton and niece Niamh Farrall to watch the displays. The 33-year-old from Claverley Drive, Warstones, Wolverhampton, said: “It is really clever how they have used the projections and the buildings are beautiful. What I have liked is there is something for all ages.” 

Jane Chandler and Warren Taylor, from Merry Hill in Wolverhampton, had braved the wet conditions to see the event.

Mr Taylor, aged 46, said: “Visually they are really good, but they need some way to explain what the theme is, and why they have done the projections.”

Yvonne Padley, aged 52, of Roundway Down, Perton, went with her husband David. The DWP worker said: “I have lived in Wolverhampton all my life, and what I have realised is that I have never looked up. The projections really make you  appreciate the details on the buildings.”

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