Gateshead’s Victorian park will once again be brought to life with installations ranging from visual arts, performance, sculpture and interactive works.
The theme for this year’s Enchanted Parks draws on Victorian splendour and gothic imagery. The park itself has provided inspiration for the artists involved in the event, its history and heritage inspiring lots of creative ideas.
Artists involved in this year’s Enchanted Parks include Ross Ashton and Karen Monid who will transform Saltwell Towers with a spectacular sound and light show celebrating the work of William Wailes. The Saltwell Park bandstand provides the location for Arcus Studios’ installation, Memorial in A’ which will feature the Dunston Brass Band as you’ve never seen them before.
Councillor Linda Green, Gateshead’s Cabinet member for Culture, says: “Enchanted Parks is a magical event, and the perfect introduction to the Christmas festivities. It is extremely popular with families and for some, Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without it.
“I am quite certain that local people will be delighted that we are able to stage this magical event at Saltwell Park for another year.”
Enchanted Parks takes place from Wednesday 5 – Sunday 9 December 2012. Tickets are free for children under 16 (who must be accompanied by an adult) and £6 for adults, maximum four children per adult.
Tickets are available online from Thursday 1 November by following the ‘What’s On’ link from the Gateshead Council homepage.
Tickets can also be bought in person at St. Mary’s Heritage Centre (Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 4.00pm) or Gateshead Central Library during normal library opening hours., or by phoning Gateshead Customer Services on (0191) 433 6965 Monday to Thursday 8.00am to 5.30pm and Friday 8am – 5pm.
Enchanted Parks is developed and commissioned by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council as part of its festivals and events programme. The event regularly attracts between thirteen thousand and fifteen thousand people and is now a key part of the winter offer in Gateshead.
The event is produced by Magnetic Events as part of the NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival.
For Winter Festival details, go to http://www.newcastlegateshead.com/winterfestival.