SaFire 2011 – A Festival of Light
Sa is a Sanskrit letter for "The Soul", so the name of "Sa Fire" refers to the creative fire that is at the heart of North Kesteven communities. It also links the fire that featured in the events and is a bit of a pun on the precious gem stone, because the villages and their artworks are the jewels in the Spires and Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail.
The SaFire Festival was the largest project of its kind within the North Kesteven district. It was made up of a series of events which took place between May and October 2011 all produced and performed by local people from specific village clusters.
SaFire celebrated the Cultural Olympiad as well as our own local history and heritage. It took the local stories and re-told them through dynamic lighting, giant puppets, pyrotechnics, dance, music and extravagant performance.
There were three spectacular events taking place along the Spires & Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail all featuring drama, music, dance as well as a spectacular structures, puppets and flags and telling the local stories that have shaped our villages and landscape.
Lincoln - Saturday 28 May 2011
Branston Village - Saturday 16 July 2011
This event took the form of a journey reflecting some big themes and local stories. Visitors explored the village and discovered not only the existing artworks along the arts and heritage trail, but new light installations in the church and on the village green as well as the amazing Lumunarium and labyrinth situated on the Pavilion Playing Field off Moor Lane.
Sleaford - Saturday 29 October 2011
The Oxford and Cambridge boat race and beach scene alongside the river side was an hilarious take on a traditional theme as was the Punch & Judy show at Cogglesford Mill. There were many surprises for visitors as large spectacle gave way to gentle music, in the Nettles area and on Lollycocks.
The Recreation Ground was certainly lit up by the Fire Garden and the energy and dynamism of Beat Box Ben plus the spectacular fireworks created a fitting finale to Sa Fire.
Go to www.artsNK.org for more information and images from the Sa Fire Festival