Green Space Dark Skies in Broads National Park


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Leading outdoor arts company Walk the Plank will be working with local organisations and community groups to create the artwork. The accessible gathering will be held in the Broads at dusk on one day with participants, referred to as Lumenators. Using choreography, and smart lights, this unique, temporary gathering will be captured on film for all to see afterwards.

This year 20,000 people, from the Cairngorms to The Chilterns, Gower to North York Moors and Dartmoor to the Causeway Coast and Glens of Northern Ireland, are being recruited as Lumenators for Green Space Dark Skies. They will be part of 20 large-scale outdoor artworks in the UK’s most outstanding landscapes as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, from April to September 2022.

To protect these amazing places, the exact locations will only be revealed to the people who register to take part, with numbers for the Broads gathering being limited due to capacity. The gatherings will not have spectators however, everyone will be able to watch the films that will be specially created, online afterwards.

Each event is unique to its location and the Broads will be no exception. It will take place on the water at dusk during summer, and feature a range of boats, with participants each carrying a smart light, developed specially for Green Space Dark Skies by Siemens.

The stunning choreography of the boats and smart lights will be captured on film, while also being sensitive to the night-time environment. Each short film will incorporate the stories of the people and places featured and will be broadcast online after the event. Lumenators will also be encouraged to share their own connections to the landscape and the local areas as part of their involvement.

The Broads National Park is a unique mosaic of gentle landscape, lakes and rivers covering 303 square kilometres in Norfolk and Suffolk.