Cheriton Light Festival
Strange Cargo have delivered two Cheriton Light Festivals. The first was in 2013 and is outlined below. Strange Cargo have gone on to deliver a second Cheriton Light Festival in 2014 which built on the success of the first and featured Face to Face a commission by l’Ecole d’Art du Calaisis, one of Strange Cargos ICR partners.
The Cheriton Light Festival was delivered in late February 2013. This project was Strange Cargo’s largest, most high profile and visible Cheriton Artland project to date. Strange Cargo has researched Winter Festivals a great deal over the years and has visited ancient winter rituals, such as The Kukuri in Bulgaria and were interested in how we might use the knowledge we have gained to develop the Cheriton Lights festival event.
The decision was made for the event to happen after Christmas in February, as this is a very bleak time of year and a good time for an event to raise people’s spirits and encourage a good audience. A weekend event was devised that would focus on visual arts programming and commissioning for the Saturday evening and a public celebratory fire event, involving lots of participation and spectacle for the Sunday evening. This approach would mean that people who had not necessarily had experience of contemporary visual arts practice would have two very different events brought together under the umbrella of the Festival.
2014 - The second year in succession saw the High Street, Cheriton close its doors to traffic again to allow a collective group of artists gathered by Strange Cargo to publicly showcase a light based feast of projection artwork, sculptures and installations.
Fête des lumières de Cheriton
Strange Cargo a organisé deux fêtes des lumières à Cheriton. La première s’est déroulée en 2013 et fait l’objet d’une présentation ci-dessous. Strange Cargo a ensuite organisé une seconde édition de la fête des lumières à Cheriton en 2014, qui reposait sur la réussite de la première avec la participation de Face to Face, une commande de l’École d’Art de Calais, l’un des partenaires ICR de Strange Cargo.