East Meets West
Build-up to the Cultural Olympiad in the East
Dance, Lanterns, Music & Fireworks
The East Meets West Twilight Spectacle was inspired by the Chinese mid-autumn Moon Festival.
It began with a daytime Moon Picnic for thousands of people, with a variety of performances by schoolchildren, and displays and demonstrations by local artists and community groups.
As the sun set, there was a Moon Parade, with a river of lanterns drawing the audience up a distinctive hill (see photo below) that was on the beautiful site.
“Staging unique, one-off events of huge ambition and scale such as East Meets West and Sparks Will Fly – [we] couldn’t have have delivered these landmark projects without you.”Essex Cultural Development Team
The night concluded with a large-scale promenade performance by Walk The Plank, with a supporting cast of 600 Creative Partnerships schoolchildren, and with local community groups as performers and participants.
“We were delighted by the enthusiasm of the teachers to appreciate other cultures and develop creative learning through contact with the project.”Liz Pugh, Walk the Plank
Please check out the short film of the East Meets West project below.
“Liam – You [had] some difficult challenges – East Meets West and London2012. In both cases you delivered outstanding successes.”Bernard Mella, Head of Culture