Horncastle set to kick off SO Festival in style

One of the projections set for SO Festival in Horncastle EMN-140506-103111001
One of the projections set for SO Festival in Horncastle EMN-140506-103111001
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Beautiful Roman frescoes, luminous fairies and fire-spouting musical instruments will be coming to Horncastle as part of SO Festival 2014.

On Saturday, June 28, the opening night of SO Festival, Ross Ashton will transform the facade of one of Horncastle’s historic buildings into a fantastic work of art as his newest projection display, Garden of the Eternal Spring, is unveiled to the public.

This will be alongside other fantastical wonderments including the wise and whispering Echo Funnel, magical fairies tapping on their jam jars during Sprite Symphony and the bright and melodic Pyrophones.

Garden of the Eternal Spring will be a fantastical depiction of a Romanesque garden, drawing on imagery collected from Pompeii, Herculaneum and Naples and immersive soundscapes from creative designer Karen Monid.

Ross said: “In-keeping with the festival’s theme of journeys, we hope to transport visitors to another time and place.

“Throughout the development of Garden on the Eternal Spring, we were inspired by Horncastle’s Roman name of Banovallum (the wall on the River Bain).

“We are delighted to once again be part of this festival, and hope that visitors become totally immersed in what we’ve created.”

East Lindsey District Council Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Councillor Adam Grist added: “We are thrilled to be welcoming Ross back to East Lincolnshire and cannot wait to see what he and Karen have in store for Horncastle. We’re sure it will be amazing.

“As well as Ross’s projections, SO Festival in Horncastle will also feature a selection of fantastic art installations being placed into our communities for an evening, giving residents and visitors alike the chance to experience something unique.”

Also on display in Horncastle will be SO Festival’s Travelling Show of Outrageous Novelty, featuring an awe-inspiring performance ring and fanciful roaming pony traps.

This year’s nine-day festival will once again visit East Lindsey’s market towns – starting in Horncastle and visiting Tattershall Castle, Woodhall Spa, Alford, Louth, Mablethorpe and Spilsby.