Brighton Festival 2017
For the Birds took flight to the Brighton Festival 2017 and invited a visiting public on a meditative and immersive journey through a secret South Downs woodland location. A self-guided journey through a wild landscape after the onset of darkness, whilst transformed by a series of up to thirty bespoke light and sound installations produced by some of the most dynamic sound artists currently working in the UK.
For the Birds was staged over four weeks with 17 shows attended by up to 1300 people each night. The show broke the box office record at the Brighton Festival attracting over 15,000 people to marvel at the beauties and poignancy of the installations, immersed in the forest at night
Originally staged at RSPB Ynys-hir reserve in Wales as part of an NT Wales development project, For the Birds went on to become the audience highlight of the New Zealand Festival 2016, where it attracted more than 13,000 people over the festival.
As transient and light as the birds themselves, the installations have been created using a mixture of low tech, low power equipment suitable for remote places, using low energy lighting, small scale multi-speaker systems, low volt micro processors, electro-acoustic instruments, performances, projections and kinetic sculptures the artists celebrate the birds in song, movement and light.
“I cannot think of another art experience that has bettered it”
—Jay Griffiths, author
“Mind-blowingly brilliant. An unforgettably beautiful and resonant experience”
—George Monbiot, journalist
“Beautiful, unexpected and alive!”