Make a night of it…Start your night with a great meal lovemiddlesbrough.com/where-to-eat/ and then….Find a range of unusual art installations, dance, music and entertaining soundscapes in Centre Square. Join in the fun taking part in workshops near the fountain and in mima. A fabulous trio of tours must be pre-booked. You can join a torchlit behind-the-scenes exploration of Middlesbrough Town Hall or an exclusive twilight tour around the stunning Middlesbrough Empire before the clubbers arrive. If you have a head for heights, travel on the newly installed glass lift to the top of the Tees Transporter Bridge and take in the breathtaking glow of Teesside at night. The Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark finale features a double bill of wonderfully unsettling films at the historic Reference Library. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark fringe events are also taking place at Gallery TS1, The House of Blah Blah and pythongallery. The luminous yellow Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark festival caravan is your information point for the evening. Friendly festival guides, lit up in neon, will also be around the site to offer assistance.
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to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, the spectacular launch event for Discover Middlesbrough 2015. On Friday 16th October from 5pm Centre Square will be the place to be to celebrate Arts and Culture in Middlesbrough after dark!
See inside Teesside lights shuttle bus pick up point
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GETTING HERE Middlesbrough Town Centre is handy to get to by train and bus. To plan a journey with public transport see connectteesvalley.com or call Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 7am-9pm every day of the week. (Calls cost 10p per minute from BT landlines. Call costs from mobile phones may vary) All on street pay & display parking is free to use after 6pm Monday to Saturday and all day on Sundays. lovemiddlesbrough.com/parking lovemiddlesbrough.com/dontbeafraidofthedark Tel: 01642 729 729 All information is provided in good faith.
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ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?
Middlesbrough Community Pride supports Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and the Discover Middlesbrough festival with Spectrum, a day-long inspirational series of LGBT-themed events on the day.
Listen to tales of the dark! Middlesbrough’s CCTV tannoys will be broadcasting interviews between parents and their children and the subject is “Are you afraid of the dark?” The answers range from brave to hilarious with some downright gory ones in between. You can eavesdrop on the youngsters. An original work for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark 2015.
I HAVEN’T CHANGED MY MIND IN A THOUSAND YEARS
By Mick Stephenson Hexayurt*, Centre Square, 5pm-Midnight. FREE / all ages
View glowing wisdom from the past! Three proverbs found in an 11th century manuscript in Durham Cathedral are recreated in large, bright neon light. The handwriting of the artist’s five-year-old son was used to produce the font the signs are written in. Resonating with the past and present, technology changes but fundamentally we have changed little. Originally commissioned by Artichoke for Durham Lumiere 2013.
* Hexayurts are shelters that can be made quickly from standard industrial panels, from materials like plastic, or plywood, and even cardboard. In disaster relief a hexayurt can cost less than a tent, and be constructed in far larger quantities.
Photo: Durham Lumiere 2013, Matthew Andrews
The Litre of Light transforms empty 2 litre plastic bottles into solar bulbs. This is inspired by the work of the international MyShelter Foundation, which uses this simple technology to bring light to homes in the poorest parts of the world with no electricity. Bottles are filled with water, a little bleach is added to inhibit algal growth and the finished bulbs are inserted into a hole in a roof. During the daytime water inside the bottle refracts the sunlight, delivering about as much light as a 50 watt light bulb! Originally commissioned for Durham Lumiere 2013.
By Beth J. Ross Outside the front of Middlesbrough Central Library, Centre Square, 5pm-Midnight. FREE / all ages
Discover technologies helping people around the globe!
With artists JR Bowes and Adam Bligh Near fountain, Centre Square, 5pm-11pm. FREE / all ages
By Nicky Peacock Centre Square, 5pm-11pm, FREE / all ages
Discover Middlesbrough 2015 takes place 16 - 31 October, 2015, a celebration of the town and its people, offering opportunities for discovery and rediscovery, taking pride in the area you know and learning something new.
THE LITRE OF LIGHT
LET LIGHT INTO THE DARK
Take part, make your own light art! In this fun origami workshop, create your own floating vessel out of paper. It will carry a pulsing light and be set free in the fountain in Centre Square. Be part of filling the fountain with light.
By Stuart Langley. Fabrication by Andrew Middleton Centre Square, 5pm-Midnight. FREE / all ages
Experience the magic of ‘over’ the rainbow! Experience the magic of ‘over’ the rainbow! This light installation captures the wonder of a typically fleeting natural phenomenon recognised as an international symbol of hope. An original commission for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Spectrum*. Supported by Middlesbrough Community Pride, Teesside University, Middlesbrough Council and the Office of Cleveland Police & Crime Commissioner. * Spectrum is a day-long programme of inspiring events on LGBT themes supported by Middlesbrough Community Pride and partners. For details see http://lovemiddlesbrough.com/spectrum
TWILIGHT TOUR OF THE MIDDLESBROUGH EMPIRE By Martin Peagam The Middlesbrough Empire, Corporation Road 8pm and 9.15pm. £2 / 14+ Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Tour the Middlesbrough Empire after dark! Before the late night clubbers arrive, join local historian Martin Peagam on an ‘After Dark’ tour to explore the history of this beautiful Grade II-listed building designed by the famous architect Ernest Runtz. Hear of some of the famous names who have graced its stage over the past century. This is a rare treat, not to be missed.
TORCHLIGHT TOUR OF MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN HALL
DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK AT MIDDLESBROUGH INSTITUTE OF MODERN ART Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima, Centre Square, 5pm-10pm. FREE / all ages
Join mima for an obscure evening of weird and wonderful happenings! Throughout the evening they’ll be offering shadow workshops led by local artist Jackie Steven and torchlight tours of their collection stores. Novelist and artist Richard Milward will also be unveiling a new painting, Electro Steel Corpsing, the first in a series of ten called Luddites’ Nightmares to be exhibited across the UK over the next twelve months. He’ll also be reading a passage from his short story The Gongs and screening the 1936 Charlie Chaplin film, Modern Times, within the Localism exhibition. Boutique Bars will be operating a cash bar serving dark and delicious cocktails all to the backdrop of specially selected music.
Led by Leanne Littlewood Middlesbrough Town Hall, 7pm, 9pm & 11pm. £2 14+ Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
See Middlesbrough Town Hall in a new light!
Curated by Nicky Peacock Middlesbrough Reference Library, Middlesbrough Central Library, Centre Square, 9.30pm-11pm. FREE /Ages: 15+; Film is subtitled and includes adult themes. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
Watch a late night Dark cinema special!
The Vile Stuff (2014) Experimental singer-songwriter, Richard Dawson has described what he does as ‘ritual community music.’ The Vile Stuff, a short work, is one of four songs released last year on the album ‘Nothing Important’ (Weird World Records). Violent and sometimes funny lyrics chart the downfall of a group of students on a school trip. It’s a song as surreal as it is strangely relatable in its pitch-black humour and effortless conjuring of grizzly adolescent fantasy. Video directed by Harry Wheeler (Architects of Harmonic Rooms) who described filming as, “We went out ‘on the lash’ in Newcastle city centre to pay homage to the party gods and managed to summon an Asian shamanic Dragon and Crewhall Woodcut insights.”
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)
Take this rare opportunity for a torch-lit guided tour around the Grade II-listed Middlesbrough Town Hall in advance of the multi-million pound regeneration it is set to undergo with support from Heritage Lottery Fund. The tour will include the chance to see the carriage driveway, courtrooms, the Victorian concert hall with its rich history of performances and additional locations usually hidden from view.
The second film in the Dark Double Bill is an Iranian-American horror-noir. Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour describes her weirdly exhilarating feature debut, which premiered at Sundance last year, as the “Iranian love-child of Sergio Leone and David Lynch, with Nosferatu as a babysitter”. The action centres around a young, Chador-wearing* female vampire who skateboards though the streets of a ghostly place named Bad Town, stalking men and avenging wronged women. Shot beautifully in black and white, this very modern fable is steeped in pop iconography of the past - a kind of spaghetti-western meets 50s vampire B-Movie with a James Dean-esque love-story twist.
Please note these events are not suitable for wheelchair users due to the architecture of the buildings. Limited capacity. Booking required at Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office 01642 729 729. Early booking is recommended.
DANCING IN THE DARK
DARK DOUBLE BILL
*Many Iranian women wear the chador when outside the house. It is a full-body cloak.
By Holly Bellamy Outdoor Staircase, Side of Middlesbrough Central Library, Centre Square, 6pm-10pm, Approximately 4 minutes long. Performance every half hour. FREE / all ages
Witness a glowing figure dancing away in the dark! Dancer Holly Bellamy shares a personal response to themes of Darkness and Light in a solo dance piece created for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.
TEESSIDE LIGHTS A VIEW FROM THE TOP With Tees Transporter Bridge Staff Tees Transporter Bridge, 6pm-10pm. Pre-booked times every half hour. £2 / 14+ Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Limited capacity. Booking required at Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office 01642 729 729. Early booking is recommended. Ticketholders must meet at the luminous yellow Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark festival caravan in Centre Square 15 minutes before their designated time for an event shuttle to the Tees Transporter Bridge.
Brave the view from the top! Be one of the first to ride the newly installed glass viewing lift, installed as part of the HLF Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project. You won’t see a skyline like this anywhere else. “Teesside Lights”, Middlesbrough’s industrial landscape, is an extraordinary man made sight, the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner.
DARK FRINGE EVENTS
WHERE IS MY SELF?
OPEN MIC NIGHT
By Stéphanie Bergé, Scott Riby, Louiseanne Wong and James Wilkie The House of Blah Blah, Exchange House Exchange Square, TS1 2DB, Time: TBC. FREE / ages: TBC
Gallery TS1, 57 Corporation Road, TS1 1LT opposite The Middlesbrough Empire, 7pm-10pm. FREE / all ages Musicians and poets are invited to perform and everyone is welcome to take part, or simply enjoy the performance.
TRAVERSE: PRIVATE VIEW By Emma Bennett and Jan Sopher pythongallery, Royal Middlehaven House, Gosford Street, TS2 1BB, 6pm-8.30pm. FREE / all ages Explore how maps and journeys have informed the current work of the artists. Old maps and prayer flags encounter marker pens and stitched messages in a show that unites the artists’ individual practices.
Where Is My Self? is a collaboration between four artists from China, France and the UK. The quartet met at Goldsmiths, University of London and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and have come together on a number of occasions to produce sound art installations and live, generative performances in and around London. This exclusive event is the first time the group have showcased their work outside of the city! The performance consists of two pieces – Where is my head? by Stéphanie Bergé and Scott Riby and Utilis Apparatus by Louiseanne Wong and James Wilkie. This multidisciplinary collaboration explores movement and sound and themes of the body and space.