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enLIGHTen: 1st March - 18th March 2012

posted 27 Feb 2012, 01:30 by Alistar Frater
We're delighted to tell you more about enLIGHTen, an exciting new project by Edinburgh City of Literature Trust, working with partners, that will bring the streets of Edinburgh to life in early 2012, thanks to Year of Creative Scotland funding.


What is it?

enLIGHTen is an exciting new event for Edinburgh that will fuse words and cutting edge technology to light up the night sky during March. 

Massive projections of famous quotes from the Scottish Enlightenment period will illuminate buildings along George Street and Rose Street to spectacular effect.  enLIGHTen will include specially commissioned animations and audio, to create a stunning, multi-sensory experience for locals and tourists alike.

Celebrating the literary and built heritage of locations including Charlotte Square and the Melville Monument in the city’s Poetry Garden, enLIGHTen will respond to the wisdom of great Enlightenment thinkers through new fiction and poetry by Gavin Inglis, William Letford, Kirsty Logan, Ken MacLeod, James Robertson and JL Williams, specially commissioned by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust.

(g)Host City, specialists in innovative, virtual and augmented reality performance, will work with the writers to enhance the pieces, creating a downloadable aural experience which will complement the stunning visual impact of the projections. This will be supplemented with free audio downloads for each location about the built and literary heritage.

enLIGHTen will be the first time dynamic projection mapping has been used for cultural purposes in Scotland.  The City of Literature Trust will coordinate this inspired project, working in partnership with Essential Edinburgh, Marketing Edinburgh, Edinburgh World Heritage, Northern Light, Pufferfish and JUMP Marketing to create a very memorable March. 


Lights, Literature, Action!

This isn't the first time that our City of Literature will use the backdrop of our capital to put a spotlight on our literary heritage. enLIGHTen will build upon a successful series of projections round the city as part of the Carry a Poem reading campaign in February 2010, images that stopped passers-by in their tracks and were published around the world.

We projected a line from Douglas Dunn's poem 'Disenchantments' onto Edinburgh's Castle Rock: 'Look to the living, love them, and hold on' became an iconic image shared widely, delivering a beautiful message for a chilly Valentine's eve.


Creative Scotland 2012

Our Director, Ali Bowden said:

"We’re thrilled to have Creative Scotland’s support for this ambitious new partnership project. enLIGHTen will match the architectural brilliance of this historic city with our world re-known literature, and provide an arresting experience for passersby, both locals and visitors – as well as a focal point for those planning a trip to Edinburgh."

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, who unveiled the Year of Creative Scotland programme this week, said: "The Year of Creative Scotland 2012 will be a spectacular celebration of our nation's culture and creativity on both the international stage and across our communities."

Iain Munro, Director of Creative Development at Creative Scotland, said: “enLIGHTen will create a dynamic celebration of our world-renowned literature, set against the architecture of the historical centre of Scotland’s Enlightenment. Seeing the city centre lit up and featuring our contemporary poets is sure to be one of the highlights of the Year of Creative Scotland.”


In Partnership

This unique project is in collaboration with EventScotland, Essential Edinburgh, Marketing Edinburgh, Edinburgh World Heritage, City of Edinburgh Council, (g)Host City, NL Productions, Pufferfish and JUMP.


Source: City of Literature