Light up the February skies with Window Wanderland
The annual, magical, outdoor gallery of Window Wanderland returns to our local streets this February.
It all began in 2015 with an idea by set designer, Lucy Reeves Khan. Inspired by her vivid imagination, her deep-seated community spirit and her personal experiences of isolation due to years of chronic illness, Lucy imagined her local streets alive with other people viewing dramatic, beautiful or just silly scenes in the windows around her neighbourhood. She wondered if, in the dark of winter, these displays would cheer up others too.
She put on her first window-based display walking event in her own community of Bishopston and it was a huge success. People came out to view the creative and wonderful displays created by friends and neighbours. Other areas wanted to join in, and the idea spread far and wide across Bristol and to cities beyond.
The fifth year of wandering takes place in Bishopston on Saturday 9 - Monday 11 February, from 5.30pm - 9pm. Kate Swainson Price, Co-ordinator of the Window Wanderland HQ Team, says: “As usual, what you create is up to you, from simple to spectacular, anything goes and you may already have an idea up your sleeve. You can use tried and tested black card silhouettes, video, pets or even yourself to make a display. Whatever you do it will be seen and appreciated by those who wrap up warm for an interesting evening stroll.”
Free Art Workshops will be running at The Aardagh, Horfield Common to help you make your ideas with an artist each Thursday, 6pm - 8.30pm until 7th February.
If you would like a suggestion for a theme, the organisers suggest exploring ‘What is Britishness?’ Whether it’s the freedom for cultural crossovers you love, or the fact that Britain is the home of Ribena, a nation of self-depreciators or the birthplace of Harry Potter.
If you haven’t yet signed up to take part in Window Wanderland, see: www.windowwanderland.com/area/bishopston-bristol/
Chandos Road and the surrounding area
Lighting up the streets around the Chandos Road area takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 23 - 24 February, from 6pm - 9pm. If you’re just outside the area and would like to take part that’s fine with the organisers – the more the merrier! The suggested theme is ‘Our Earth’ but you don’t have to stick to this if you do not wish.
Taking part is FREE and everyone is welcome. You can make a display in your windows of your flat, house, business, school, nursery, car, camper van or shop.
A ‘display’ could be as simple as a candle, book, fairy lights or image in a window. Or, you could go all out and stage a performance in your front room or project onto your building! Simple or spectacular - anything goes - so long as it’s family friendly.
To take part in the Chandos Window Wanderland, sign up at www.windowwanderland.com/event/chandos-bristol-2019/