Seaside set to Shimmer at weekend

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IT is only a matter of days until Whitley Bay seafront will be brought to life when the Shimmer digital arts festival returns this weekend.

The free event takes place on Saturday and Sunday between 5pm and 8.30pm, lighting up the town’s Spanish City dome with a projection of vibrant colours, with the festival’s centrepiece, Diversión.

The seaside location will be brought to life by a series of digital projections, installations and interactions for audiences of all ages.

It will be rounded off on Sunday evening with North Tyneside’s annual fireworks display and there will also be a small family funfair from late afternoon, onwards.

Spark! – a band of seven mysterious glittering and illuminated characters will transform the landscape around them, with a special performance on the roof of the Spanish City Dome at 6.30pm each day.

Other new work includes Concrete Waves – a digital projection at Panama Dip skate park and also a projection on to Waves Leisure Pool with animation from artist Robin Webb who worked with children at Coquet Park First School in Whitley Bay.

Organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Arts Council England, Shimmer features the work of digital artists who have been commissioned to create installations that celebrate the traditions and timelessness of Whitley Bay, not least the town’s much-loved Spanish City fairground.

There is also a photographic competition running alongside Shimmer 2012 whereby those attending are encouraged to post their images of Shimmer on to the event’s Facebook page, shimmerevent

Organisers are keen to see entries from anyone from amateurs to professionals and a panel of judges is urging wannabe snappers to ‘be creative, weird and wonderful’.