Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Halloween at Hylands

Can't wait to start on this with the talented Joanna Peacock. 
The last time we played together we won  an award & with joanna's current spate of awards for wearable Art. 
 I can't wait to start making some awesome stuff with her. Astral are again main technical sponsors if the event with AM-PM providing projection & media. 


Monday, 12 October 2015

Mungos BarRock Freshers Week at Canterbury Uni

A cracking time was had by all during #freshersweek 
at #canterburyuni.
#mungosbar sponsored the #schooldisco in Elliot house. Astral provides lighting & AM-PM provided video mapping & projection for the event. 

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Jonny Buffalo Dares to Dream @ Colchester Free Festival

What a great opportunity to bring Tankon to life in light
& projection in Colchester Castle Gardens.
Many thanks to Sam Bear for the content & mapping & to Jonny for Daring to ask.  Another great #truebijou festival.  
Light art bright art. 
Because we can 

Can't resist a quick photo of chris tofu in full swing ! What a delight to see him supporting the event. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Dare to dream project travels the world with Astral

The first to dream this year was Teju Kareem @zmirrage in Lagos  Nigeria, Kareem wanted to celebrate the 80th birthday of Wole Soyinka poet laureate & recipient of the Nobel prize for Literature. 
Not one to do things by halves Kareem dug out a 1000 seat amphitheatre in the bush behind Soyinka's home in which to produce the play  dance of the Forrest with a cast of some 500. 
Kareem dared to ask me to fly out some projectors & a catalyst sytem with which to map the set pieces & a 40ft led screen sited up a mountainside. 

This was undertaken here's  a few pics in the post,
not many survive since during the production I was heavily sedated having contracted malaria, this is a phone snap of the mapping during line up , about all there is, the image spread over the rocks & that huge screen on the hill. 

 none the less I would not have missed the chance for the world & I look forward to the next time Teju Kareem calls me up with a new adventure. 

Friday, 24 July 2015

Castlemaine State Festival daring to dream in 2015

I was so lucky to be able to contribute during our uk winter to Castlemaine State Festival curtesy of Jimbelina of belt and braces productions in Victoria Australia.  
Ive been flat out with uk corporate since my return & it's only now I have a chance to catch up mid festival season in a an unexpected break. It's a cracking festival - concentrating on some expectionaly creative contributions & genuinely from around the world, 
my only regret not being able to see too much due to my involvement. I was lucky enough to be involved  with the projection for this production - a magnificent site specific play with a video mapped set on the wall of the exercise yard of the old prison in castlemaine 


I was also resident LD the theatre royal too highlights being #cambodianspaceproject 

Super #inspiring #trubijou #creative & caring  # world #community #festival in #victoria #australia. 
Jim has posted this vid http://castlemainefestival.com.au/  I'm sure I have some I planning to go back to this biennial & to use it a springboard along with Jimbelina to launch my #becausewecan initiative in Australia during our winter here. 

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

@mondomixproject a major triumph for small scale producers

What an amazing little festival to get involved with & such inspiring producers prevailing against all odds to deliver quality Indépendant #worldmusic
I'm supremely privelidged to have been invited to contribute here this last week with such a varied line up of such high quality artists all committed 100% to building this event.
I'm back again next year for sure & looking to increase production values even more, to help increase the profile of this sparkling little gem year on year. Well done @rhythmtreeinfo #standyourground #becausewecan

Monday, 6 July 2015

Project Fling takes on a life of its own - mondo mix bound

Due the astounding successes of last weeks mentoring project @flingfestival the project has taken on a life of its own & now #projectfling is working on transporting to @mondomixproject to help out there. What an outstanding & heartening response from a project pulled together on a whim by @culteventsteam. The project has outstripped all our expectations & certainly, for me, demonstrated how with a little effort we can sew a fresh creative seed. I can't wait to see what happens after this next adventure. 😃

The Mondo Mix next in line for Astral treatment

great excitement no we are back at astral Acres turning round @flingfestival ready for @mondoMixProject on the beautiful isle of white http://mondomix.uk/tickets.html

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Sponsorship & student mentoring @thefling

NThe Astral Cic may not be firmed yet but the concept us last be & well. A group of students from @chelmsfordcollege have, in 2 days, from scratch designed &
rigged thier own show with no previous experience . The results are astounding they are now running 2 stages & the ViP area independently & were are all exited about #thedubpistols closing thier main stage tonight. 

Friday, 6 March 2015

Shangri-La.Glastonbury: Astral parts with Shangri-la Glastonbury.

Shangri-La.Glastonbury: Astral parts with Shangri-la Glastonbury.: After 15 years of tireless support & investment  at #shangri-la & lost vagueness #glastonburyfestival we are informed that our servi...

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Seeking to help creative light & projection project

It's that time of year again-  my corporate & foreign jaunts have served me well & I'm now once again able to look at getting involved in daring & #creativeprojects at #festivals & events again.
I'm particularly interested in those that are forward thinking & daring in the extreme & that just want to do something outstanding just for the sake of it.
For the right projects I'm happy to come fully kitted out with vehicles, projectors lighting & stages, & for those of you who just need a bit of help to get off the ground with an #event www.productionrent.com has some cracking options at affordable cost  - it's here to help. 
You can see my work here 
Go ahead ... Dare to dream... Dare to ask. 

Light art -bright art -because we can 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Been away a while.

Well, there's  been a lot of shows in a lot of locations over the last year - Nuff said. I'm concentrating on predominantly creative projects again now & bolstering it up with a bit freelance work.
In the meantime the good ship Astral is finally getting back on an even keel & I've been starting to put www.productionrent.com together as a resource for those with less available to play with to help promote creativity in events- the site has a long way to go, however if you are putting a small event or festival together it may be worth looking at the festival and outdoor events pages for some cracking packages- first come first served basis.