Top digital arts festival makes welcome return

Thousands of people will flock to Whitley Bay seafront during the first weekend in November for the return of digital arts festival Shimmer, which will bathe the town in waves of light.

Last year, the festival attracted an audience of 16,000 people over the two days – more than double the figure that experienced the 2011 festival – and Shimmer 2013 promises to be an even bigger and better experience.

One of the highlights will be the return of street theatre show Spark!, which proved such a hit with audiences at last year’s festival. Combining beautiful lighting design with high-impact drumming and dynamic choreography, Spark! builds in intensity to a huge climax of light, sound, smoke and movement.

Organised by North Tyneside Council and supported by Arts Council England, Shimmer features the work of digital artists commissioned to create installations celebrating Whitley Bay.

Visitors to Shimmer 2013 will be able to enjoy Spark!, Piccolo Cinema, BeachHUTS by Andy McKeown, Zoetrope, Tunnel of Love, Spanish Arcade, and Flash Fog.

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