‘Enchanted Town’ is a brand new creative concept uniting ideas, local culture and history, music, street theatre, live performance, digital arts and cutting edge technology in a fun, open and accessible presentation … aimed at engaging all levels of public in a vibrant and fun environment. The event was presented by East Lindsey District Council working with the Horncastle Festivals Committee. It was also the opening event of the SO Festival, 10 days of shows, events and culture taking place across East Lindsey, funded by East Lindsey District Council, Arts Council England and Centrica Energy.
The centrepiece of the event was two large format 3D video mapped projection works created specially by Ashton, complete soundtracks from Monid. The first, ‘Spiritus – Ring Out Wild Bells’ was projected onto the bell tower of St Mary’s Church. The images were beamed from a doubled up pair of Barco CLM HD8 projectors rigged in portrait format. The second projected work “The Magical Spying Glass” utilised the Banks Building as its canvass. Ashton’s eye-catching content unfolded a fantasy tale inspired by that voyage. Artwork was based on some of Banks’ botanical drawings taken from the Cook voyage together with various cartoons and caricatures of Banks. A single Panasonic EX12 projector which projected the 13 metre wide image. Monid again composed the soundtrack which added to the drama and sense of spectacle, enthralling onlookers.
Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Adam Grist, commented that they were “Absolutely delighted” with the response. “To see so many people in the town centre enjoying the acts and illuminations and supporting local businesses was wonderful”. Robin Morley said “The response exceeded our expectations in terms of visitor numbers for the first Enchanted Town event”. Ross Ashton stated, “We really enjoyed working in Horncastle – the setting is fabulous and it proves that you can hold events like this in the UK - at any time of the year - and people will come out and enjoy”.