Free tickets for a spectacular performance to officially open Sunderland’s newest arts hub are available from today.
Fireflight will mark the opening of The Fire Station, after a £3.5m transformation to turn it into dance studios, a drama studio, a bar and bistro and a heritage centre.
While The Engine Room bar and bistro was launched this week, the rest of the building will be launched with a one-off performance on the evening of Thursday, November 23.
The outdoor spectacle is the culmination of a £120,000, six-month project to re-interpret the legend of the Lambton Worm.
It will be delivered by respected outdoor theatre company Periplum, who were co-commissioned by the Cultural Spring and Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust.
Fireflight and the Fire Finale, which will feature 100 local performers, will follow a performance by pop idol Pixie Lott, who will help switch on the city’s Christmas lights in Keel Square starting at 5.30pm.
Helen Green, director of The Fire Station, said: “Sunderland won’t have seen anything like Fireflight and we expect tickets to go very quickly. The performance will be a celebration of the emerging cultural quarter as well as marking the opening of The Fire Station – it’ll be a metaphor for Sunderland’s cultural renaissance, a city re-energised by its ambitious cultural sector.” Organisers are advising people planning to attend to wrap up warm, and not to take an umbrella, as they may block views of the performance. The performance will go-ahead whatever the weather.
For ticket details visit www.theculturalspring.org.uk