Barnsley to dazzle at Christmas with spectacular light projections

First ever Barnsley Bright Nights will bring festival of light to town centre

Barnsley will officially light up for Christmas next week with a spectacular four day festive extravaganza that will feature a show-stopping digital projection onto the historic town hall.

The first ever Barnsley Bright Nights - sponsored by XPO Logistics - will run over four days – Wednesday 28 November to Saturday 1 December – and will transform the town centre into an illuminated winter wonderland.

There will be the traditional lights switch-on and fireworks from 6pm on Wednesday 28 November, as well as stunning light shows in Mandela Gardens, The Cooper Gallery and St Mary’s Church - but it’s around the town hall where the action will be most magical.

A spectacular Christmas digital projection using state-of-the-art technology will transform our historic landmark into a festive-themed show.

Running each night of the event from 5pm onwards, the light projection – which will highlight the past, present and future of Barnsley with a special Christmas twist - will capture your imagination and help spread the festive spirit across the town.

It will be created by world-class projection company Anomic Multimedia – famous for its projection work on the Tower of London for the unveiling of the Swept Lands and Seas of Red First World War memorial.

Dan Shorten of Anomic Multimedia said: “Anomic is thrilled to have been selected to provide the projection display for this year’s Christmas Lights celebrations in Barnsley.

“It is clearly an exciting time in Barnsley with the redevelopment of the town centre and markets, and to be able to help celebrate this transformation with a projection artwork that will highlight both the strong history of the town but also the positive future is a real honour for us.

“We are looking forward to generating some strong, dynamic and vibrant visuals that can illuminate the town hall building and show it in a fresh and exciting way. We aim to combine animations and motion graphics that will transform the building into a range of exciting new images right in front of the audience's eyes.

“The town hall in Barnsley is such a striking building; the facade is both elegant and dramatic and will lend itself very well to projections. We feel extremely lucky to be involved in this project and can't wait to light up the town hall for the people of Barnsley and its visitors.”

The light festival will spread through the town centre.

At The Cooper Gallery, you'll be able to take a sneak peak into Santa's workshop and look out for artist talks, music and family activities.

At St Mary’s Church, a celestial sound cloud – a giant light and sound sculpture that interacts with singing, moving and dancing - will capture your imagination.

Down at Mandela Gardens, dazzling colours of light will dart across the walls, while the illuminating Liz West: Colour Field exhibition will be on show at The Civic.

As well as the incredible light projections, there will be a children’s fun fair featuring a range of rides and activities, food and drink stalls and fantastic family entertainment.

The event will culminate on Saturday night, when Spark! LED drummers will return to Barnsley after their performance at the Tour de Yorkshire earlier this year to lead a light parade through the town centre.

Barnsley Council has announced that its car parks will be free after 3pm on the days of the event, giving locals plenty of time to explore the town centre, including the new Barnsley Market in The Glass Works.

Wednesday 28 November will also see the switch-on for Barnsley Market’s Christmas lights, coinciding with the official opening of the market cafés.  Santa will make a special guest appearance from 2pm, while Gordon Ramsay will return to Barnsley after his appearance at the opening of the main market at the start of November.

Other attractions include late night shopping at The Alhambra on Wednesday 28 November and Christmas at the town hall on Saturday 1 December

Follow the hashtag #BarnsleyBrightNights on social media and the official event page on the Love Barnsley Town Centre Facebook page for more information. Click here for a video of Anomic’s previous work.

Click here to view the official event programme.

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