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Five reasons why Nightfall ’23 is unmissable…..

Nightfall is a family friendly interactive light art trail of beautiful artworks, live music, performance and magical moments. Everyone is invited to come out and play with the stars after dark in Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park across Wednesday 29 November – Sunday 3 December.

Now in its fourth year, Nightfall ’23 promises to be a cosmic event full of dancing stars and magical moments. It is the brainchild of Teesside-based outdoors arts events company, Stellar Projects and is one of the must-see highlights of the region’s cultural calendar. They have even added an extra night for 2023 to help meet ticket demand – the event has sold out in previous years.

Ahead of the event, we’ve compiled a list of five reasons why Nightfall is truly unmissable this year…….

1. Nightfall’s light art trail
Over 20 light artworks will form a trail around Stewart Park bathing it in colours, where ticket holders will get to see the park in a whole new light! Many of the artworks are interactive, playful, and very Instagrammable!

Event organisers have picked light installations from artists at the top of their game, with several artists debuting their works at the event for the very first time.

Throughout the Nightfall route, look out for QR codes which will share more information about each of the artworks and the talented artists who created them. And listen out for the beautiful and atmospheric ‘Play Among the Stars’ soundtrack which has been specially created for the event by composer Roma Yagnik.

Giant illuminated flowers will bloom in Stewart Park.

Giant illuminated flowers will bloom in Stewart Park.

2. Local voices are featured
Around the park visitors will notice that some of the trees feature a set of seven poems written and recorded by members of the Tees Women Poets. The trees will share how the world is ‘connected and small’, how the roots of trees in Middlesbrough cover the globe, and how we might ‘plant a future for us all.’

The artwork Neon Nostalgia by artist Vishal Joshi is in collaboration with Middlesbrough residents and commissioned by Borderlands Creative People and Places. Reminiscing about their own childhood, members of the local community have come together to create a piece on one huge canvas using paints and chalks. This artwork includes contributions from Creative Minds, Ubuntu, Tamil Cultural Society, Bangladeshi Community Group, Newport Community Hub and Breckon Hill Community Hub.

People’s Palaces by Whippet Up is part of the ‘For the People, By the People’ initiative, where local people create community-built art that stands proudly alongside other professional pieces at festivals and events. The soundtrack for this artwork is also written by group members and performed by Amelia Coburn.

3. Get ready to make magic
Throughout the night, there will be a range of creative workshops where you can drop-in to create a special memento to remember your Nightfall experience. Try your hand at making alien lanterns, star puppets, shooting star wands and lots more.

All workshops are free to attend and you can drop-in to them anytime between 4.30pm – 10.30pm. Nightfall workshop artists include Adele Catchpole, Morwenna Catt, Peg Creations, Lottie Smith, Amanda White and BloomInArt.

4. Street food under the stars
At this year’s event, there are street food traders galore – so come with an empty tum and tuck into some delicious grub from a range of North East businesses.

On the line-up is Spud Gun Loaded Fries, Smash Burgers, GRK Greek Street Food, Cook’s Pizzeria, Falafel Fella (Sat/Sun), Flying Pigz, Gouda for the Soul (Weds-Fri), Henry’s Café, Twisted Chick, Doughvine Desserts and Best Bits Bakery. There also will be plenty of veggie, vegan and gluten free options available.

If you’re feeling thirsty – try the delicious range of coffee and hot drinks from Tribe Coffee and Barista Sisters. Alcoholic drinks including mulled wine, winter cocktails and draught beers will be served by Sip and Saddle, The Hive Bar and Mr Bentley’s.

All traders will accept cash and card payment.

Tuck into delicious street food underneath the stars.

Tuck into delicious street food underneath the stars.

5. Check out the dedicated music programme
For the third year running, organisers have been working with the awesome Base Camp Industries who have created a fantastic programme of live music across each evening.

Across the event, the following artists will be performing live in the heart of Stewart Park:

  • The Moondogs: Young, vibrant three piece cover band recreating the sights, sounds and raw energy that defined the 50s and 60s.
  • The Addiction: Energetic five piece bringing you an eclectic mix of genres from across the ages including soup, pop, funk and disco.
  • The Dust Raisers: This guaranteed good-time band will be playing a mix of RnB, rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly classics.
  • Trunky Juno: Expect off-kilter artistry, masterful lyrics, hooks galore and a well-established moustache from this indie maverick.
  • Still Into You: Performing fabulous three part harmonies, classic guitar riffs and songs from iconic artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Spice Girls, Madonna & more!
  • Elton Joel: Expect a big voice, bigger costumes and virtuoso live piano from this show-stopping Elton John tribute.

Tickets are on sale and available to book here. Tickets are priced at £14.50 per adult and £9.50 per child. Under twos go free – but they still will require a ticket.