The newly restored Royal Terrace Gardens will be lighting up the skies on Saturday 2 October as an exciting festival of events is laid on to celebrate the successful completion of the Torquay landmark.
The festival including local bands, Geopark inspired workshops and lots of fun and entertainment for the youngsters will culminate in an amazing, not to be missed, digital techni-coloured light show, projected against the rock face.
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Artists Matt and Rob Vale, who will design the light show, are now seeking inspiration and ideas to incorporate into it. Local residents are being invited to either submit wax rubbings of their own geology – perhaps the textures of their doorstep, the bricks on their house or a favourite walking site or tree. Rubbings can be sent to Time and Tide, 2nd Floor Tor Hill House, Union St, Torquay TQ2 5QW by Tuesday 31 August.
The rubbings will then be digitised and emerge as giant textures that flow and tumble down the rock face.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration Councillor Chris Lewis said:
The restoration of Royal Terrace Gardens has been a huge success. We have taken a prominent area of the Bay that not only was deemed a huge safety risk with unstable trees but was also run down and attracting anti social behaviour and we have completely transformed it.
The festival will provide a huge array of activities and entertainment and the light show is one of the most amazing things many of us will have ever seen – you really have to see it to appreciate it. We are still in the process of finalising some of the other events that will take place during the but we will be letting everyone know about them over coming weeks.
We now have a real stunning landmark to be proud of that local residents and visitors can enjoy. Stabilisation works means that the area is now safe for many years to come and the viewing platform provides an opportunity to really appreciate our beautiful landscape.
Whilst the gardens will be open for the public over coming weeks we wanted to arrange something special to really celebrate the new gardens and get local residents and businesses involved.
The amazing light show will start at 6.50pm until 7.10pm, those attending the festival will be able to view the show from the promenade and surrounding areas.
Councillor Dave Butt, who is also a board member of the South West Regional Arts Council, said:
In recognition of the importance of Royal Terrace Gardens it really is great news that the Arts Council is funding the complete cost of the light show.
Torbay have shown in recent years that we have the capability to present high profile cultural events with Anthony Gormley in 2009 and Damien Hirst in 2010.
Rising star of the British folk and popular music scene Seth Lakeman will also be making a special appearance at the Princess Theatre, from 8pm. The Mercury nominated, Devon born and bred artist is currently on a UK wide tour and Torquay will be his only Devon date so a real coup for the Bay. For more information contact the Princess Theatre.