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For those who expressed an interest (clue: it'll help if you're due to be in Oxford at some point between 5.30pm and 10pm this Friday 28th November) I have tracked down the details of the Winterlight festival! Here's the itinerary:

5pm - the official opening of the New Bonn Square, with entertainment from the Illustrious Sambizas (Brazilian band), Les Grooms (French brass band weirdness), Christmas lights switch on and a word from Lady Suzanna, our Lord Mayor. As someone who walks past it daily, I can reveal three things -- it has super non-slip paving, enormous metal light towers, and a lovely little grove of trees.

6.20pm - Huge illuminated stilt walkers will start taunting the crowd, eventually (with the help of many Oxford schoolchildren) chivvying them into a long, lantern-lit procession* (6.30pm) up Queen Street, along Cornmarket and into Broad Street...

7pm - Broad Street goes pyrotechnical with the Walk the Plank fire and aerial sculpture show and The Big Bang's huge sausage BBQ. "Hot apple punch" is also promised, but I would also like point out several pubs in the vicinity (and maybe go on to one?)

More details (including details of late opening and projection shows at the musuems and modern art oxford, and the castle complex where there's a big earth from the air exhibition on at the moment) in this PDF here, or navigate to it yourself from Oxford Inspires.

*If following processions seems a bit too structured, you can stay in Bonn Square, or in Cornmarket, for Decibel, Messy Jam, Freefall, Flaw'r Artists, Sol Samba and all of the other usual suspects of Oxford street-parties, with refreshments/etc. being served out of the Baptist Church and St Michael's.

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pomma_penses
26th Nov, 2008 17:16 (UTC)
Some of our school is going to be part of the procession, and they have built *beautiful* lanterns.
cleanskies
26th Nov, 2008 21:51 (UTC)
Jo was saying! I'm looking forward to seeing them
crazycrone
26th Nov, 2008 17:33 (UTC)
Harassment by (illuminated!)stiltwalkers! I'm glad I'll be in the haunted MCR farmhouse.
cleanskies
26th Nov, 2008 21:51 (UTC)
You're welcome to the ghosts!
concourse
27th Nov, 2008 16:27 (UTC)
Mmm, light..

So you'll be there at 5ish for collection of t-shirt? See you there!
cleanskies
27th Nov, 2008 20:14 (UTC)
absolutely!
How much do I owe you?
concourse
28th Nov, 2008 09:11 (UTC)
Not cheap, unfortunately
They were selling them for a "yowch!"-inducing twenty quid.
cleanskies
28th Nov, 2008 10:43 (UTC)
Re: Not cheap, unfortunately
Shocking! Don't worry about it, I's remembered it as maybe being somewhere between 15 and 25 -- I'll have £20 for you tonight, and thanks again
addedentry
28th Nov, 2008 15:01 (UTC)
j4 and I are planning to see Bonn Square unveiled at 5.30 and the Broad Street sossidge at 7, so we might run into you.

Edited at 2008-11-28 15:01 (UTC)
( 9 worms — Feed the birds )