A lighting spectacular will herald the official ‘unveiling’ of Falkirk’s latest tourist attraction.
The Kelpies will be the centrepiece of a giant arts extravaganza celebrating the completion of the Helix and marking the Year of Homecoming.
Two nights of entertainment will also signify the opening of the John Muir Festival and herald the new paths route across Central Scotland.
Falkirk Community Trust appointed UZ Arts to produce the show ‘Home’ which is expected to attract thousands of people to the town on April 17 and 18. Centrepiece of the event will be a “light, sound and flame spectacular” produced by France’s Groupe F at the Kelpies.
The company has produced stunning firework, flame and pyrotechnic shows around the world, including famously lighting up the Eiffel Tower in Paris at the Millennium. It has also been involved in Olympic ceremonies and international art festivals. The group previously performed at Callendar Park as part of Big in Falkirk.
Nicolas Mousques, Groupe F’s chief project manager, has already been to the Helix to see the site and finalise plans.
He said: “We are delighted to be coming back to Falkirk. Our previous show was more of a theatre of fire but this one has no pyrotechnics. It is more contemporary, abstract and is very real at the same time because a lot of the inspiration comes from the environment and the local culture.”
Neil Butler, UZ’s artistic director, said: “The Groupe F installation at the Kelpies will be one of the largest of its kind ever mounted. It is a recurring cycle of sound, fire and light that continues throughout the evening until 11.30 p.m., so whichever ticket time is purchased the audience will see the entire performance as well as all the other artworks.
“This may be the unmissable star attraction but it is only one element of the ‘Home’ night-time experience.”
Tickets, costing £8 or £5 for concessions, can be purchased by visiting www.johnmuirfestival.com where there are also further details.