Cheriton Light Festival 2018

The festival works include: • The Matter and Windows Trail by Greg Stobbs • LINE by Ross Ashton and Karen Monid • R.I.P and start again by Richie Moment • Leading Lights by Tabitha Lewis • Chorus by Ray Lee • Hall of Mirrors by Digital Funfair • Espalier by Jyll Bradley (created 2016) • Gathering by Kate Beaugie • Cheriton and Morehall by Callum Cooper • Up, Up, Up by Gloria Treseder • Virtual Cities and A to Z Axis by University of Kent Architecture • Rotary Rave I by Zo Defferary • Invanity and Sick Lickle Lights by Digital Funfair • Blinded by Steffi Klenz • Giant Rainbow Cones by Space Cadets • All You Will Every Keep is My Shadow by Estelle Rosenfeld • A Long Way from Home (for Percy) by Bayle Window • Reading the Glass by Canterbury Cathedral and Strange Cargo • Centre of the Universe by Transmography • Future Worlds by The Edge, East Kent College

This is a biennial event has grown in popularity since launching in 2013 and is now attracting in excess of 10,000 visitors from near and far. The extraordinary line up of artists transformed this seaside town in to a colourful spectacle.

Folkestone Mayor, Cllr Roger West adds, "We are delighted to see the return of the biennial Cheriton Light Festival which has a tremendously positive impact on the local economy bringing the community together in a fun and creative way during the cold winter months. We are grateful to Strange Cargo for all their hard work in organising this event”

Produced by arts charity Strange Cargo, Cheriton Light Festival is Kent’s largest winter festival and is free to attend, receiving major support from The Arts Council, Shepway District Council, Kent County Council, Eurotunnel, Folkestone Town Council, The Canterbury Journey and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, One Stop, Aviva, Tory Family Foundation, and partnering with University of the Creative Arts, University of Kent in Canterbury and The Edge, East Kent College. Huge thanks to Cllrs. Peter Gane, John Collier, Damon Robinson, Rodica Wheeler, Philip Martin, Roger West, Patricia West, Jennifer Hollingsbee and Michael Lyons.

This nocturnal festival is designed to lift the spirits in the darkest days of winter celebrating light and art within the community. More than 70 installations using the medium of light situated around the streets of Cheriton and in residents’ homes bring joy and engagement to the community. Strange Cargo Artistic Director Brigitte Orasinski says of the festival “We believe that extraordinary art can and should happen where people live and we are delighted to have an inspiring line up of international artists at this year’s Cheriton Light Festival whose work will transform Cheriton for the weekend”. The festival features artists from across the UK and as far as Germany, Palestine, Greece, Peru and Turkey.