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This year Derby’s annual Festival of Light has gone Digital…

Surtal Arts has been working with artist Ashok Mistry to develop a special trail of virtual light sculptures around Derby, that can be viewed using smartphones and tablet devices. The artworks use augmented reality via the Layar app, to come alive in key spots around the city.

Taking inspiration from Derby’s annual Festival of Light lantern parade (produced by Surtal Arts) Virtulight is a series of site specific artworks in the public realm exploring how people regard, interact with, and use light through these unique playful sculptures.

The light trail has been technically produced by Matthew Leach, and is accompanied by a specially commissioned soundscape by bamboo flutist Waqas Choudhary. The light sculptures form a trail through the city, taking in key places of cultural and historical significance throughout Derby. The trail considers how we understand and interact with the ephemeral presence of light through culture, philosophy and technology.

Please join us for the official launch of VIRTULIGHT with special Live Dance and Music performances by Nisha Nath with the JAVVANI Group, and Waqas Choudhary.

To find out more please visit the official website: Virtulight.info or call us for more details.

Virtulight has been produced by Surtal Arts in association with QUAD Derby. This project has been supported by Arts Council England, QUAD and Derby City Council.