Night of Festivals 2010
A three day celebration of Freedom and Independence, where the streets of Nottingham were brought to life with vibrant sights and sounds to celebrate the bicentenary of Latin American independence from Spain, and the bicentenary of the Mexican Revolution (September 1810).
A large scale carnival procession weaved its way through the streets of Nottingham; Latin American bands from Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil performed on a main stage in Old Market Square; the Big Screen showed experimental moving image with contributions from Chilean, Argentinian and Peruvian film makers; Nottingham Contemporary hosted the premier of Michael Nyman’s moving image work Cine Opera commissioned by ArtReach especially for the Festival;
and the New Art Exchange held exhibition of photographs and video interviews by John Perivolaris, exploring the meaning of independence to Latin American women living and working in the UK today.
ArtReach also commissioned a major installation from Brazilian artist Laura Belem entitled The Night of St John. This brought a shimmering sea of 745 flags, accompanied by an audio montage of Brazilian festival sounds to Nottingham. The work, evocative of the traditional Brazilian festival of the same name, explores how the perception of a public space can be altered by a visual and sound intervention.