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2021...WHAT A YEAR!

2021 was a weird yet wonderful year, which EEA filled with fantastically unique events...From community co-creation art projects to large-scale light trails, we did it all! Read on for our top 5 events of the year...

Dr Kronovators Fire Laboratory at Coventry City of Culture 2021 Emergency Exit Arts AND Light Fires Photo Credit EEA 1
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DR KRONOVATOR'S FIRE LABORATORY

Dr. Kronovator’s Fire Laboratory is a stunning interactive experience with ingenious fire installations by Emergency Exit Arts and Lightfires which visited Coventry as part of Coventry City of Culture 2021. This was EEA's first large-scale event post-Covid. The magical and fiery spectacle lit up Caludon Castle in June and transformed the grounds of the castle into a place of wonder and warmth, presented alongside Walk the Plank’s Fire Garden.

Catch the Dickensian Fire Laboratory at Medway Light Nights Festival this February...

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Recovery Poems at Brighton Festival Without Walls Emergency Exit Arts 101 Outdoor Arts Robert Montgomery Deanna Rodger Thatcham Town Council Photo Credit Alex Bamford 2
Recovery Poems at Brighton Festival Without Walls Emergency Exit Arts 101 Outdoor Arts Robert Montgomery Deanna Rodger Thatcham Town Council Photo Credit Alex Bamford 1
Recovery Poems at Corridor of Light 2021 Emergency Exit Arts Without Walls 101 Outdoor Arts Robert Montgomery Deanna Rodger Thatcham Town Council Photo Credit Alex Bamford 2

THE RECOVERY POEMS TOUR

Through talking and listening to communities, artists Robert Montgomery and Deanna Rodger have created an inspiring light poem that visits public spaces as a backdrop for workshops, performances and reflections. The poem has already toured to over 20 events and locations across the country, including Brighton Festival, and you can view it during Medway Light Nights Festival.

The Walk Coventry Embraces Emergency Exit Arts and Coventry City of Culture 2021 Photo Credits Dylan Parrin 2
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THE WALK WITH AMAL - COVENTRY EMBRACES

At the heart of The Walk is ‘Little Amal’, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company. Amal represents all displaced children and celebrates the power of art and shared humanity wherever she goes.

Emergency Exit Arts welcomed Amal in Coventry with an evening filled with an impressive theatre performance, featuring sound, light and choreography, and included EEA's touring Peace Poem.

Light The Way Emergency Exit Arts Peabody London London Borough of Bexley Photo credit Paul Upward 1
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LIGHT THE WAY FESTIVAL

For Light the Way, EEA commissioned a group of local artists to create over 25 art installations, producing a beautiful 1-mile light trail that connected Thamesmead and Bexley.

The 11th-century Lesnes Abbey ruins became filled with recordings of local voices and illuminated light installations all the way to Southmere Lake, celebrating Thamesmead’s flora and fauna, while bringing excitement to areas less engaged with the arts industry.

Ashfords Carnival of the Baubles Emergency Exit Arts Made in Ashford Love Ashford Photo credit EEA 1
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ASHFORD'S CARNIVAL OF THE BAUBLES

On Saturday 11th December, the streets of Ashford saw the return of Carnival of the Baubles! Starting at Elwick Place and Ashford Town Centre, a procession of giant, illuminated baubles, decorated by children from six Ashford primary schools made its way down Bank Street to the Lower High Street, led by our mechanical giant The Disco Turtle...

The event was the last of the successful 3-year project to reinvigorate Ashford's high street...

Find out more here: Lighting Up The Creative Potential Of Ashford | EEA

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