FERMANAGH artistic director and choreographer Dylan Quinn has expressed his excitement as he prepares to serve as movement director for Green Space Dark Skies event. It will take place in a secret location in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area.

Taking place on Saturday, June 25, the audience will be invited to a secret location in the Sperrins where they will act as Lumenators carrying specially made lights. Lumenators will be guided along pathways or waterways carrying smart lights that will enable digital choreography captured on film, while also being sensitive to the night-time environment meaning there will be no light pollution.

Speaking to The Impartial Reporter, Dylan admitted he was very excited about the upcoming project. The event is free and interested parties can register online to take part, a bus is available from Enniskillen to the event. Any movement for the participatory element will be no more than a gentle walk.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it, I went to the Lagan Valley event and it does have a really unique feel to it. The organisers are really trying to get people to places that they may not normally visit.” Remaining tight lipped as to where the location is, Dylan added: “It is a nice countryside location and quite rural which will make a difference, it is also the most Western event in the UK.”


Dylan Quinn

Dylan Quinn

Emphasizing the unique nature of the event, Dylan said: “It is something that cannot be replicated, this is a one-event.”

An extra treat for participants will be seeing how they lights they carry will form images for a film that will be released at a later date. Explaining his role, Dylan said: “I will be directing people as they move around in nature, how they move their lights to help form the images for the film. The video will be a nice reveal for the audience so they can see what they made.”

Developed by graduate engineers at Siemens specially for this project, the lighting technology uses existing wireless programmable lights and incorporates something that's never been done before: the ability for these lights to be animated through geo-positioning, where the position of each light can be known in relationship to the others.

Green Space Dark Skies will enable people from all walks of life to forge new connections with the countryside by supporting those who experience cultural and physical barriers to access. This series of gatherings will celebrate the countryside, people’s right to explore it as well as encouraging our responsibility to take care of it for future generations.

Green Space Dark Skies is one of 10 major creative projects commissioned by UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, a celebration of creativity taking place across the UK in 2022, designed to reach millions and bring people together. UNBOXED features free large-scale events, installations and globally accessible digital experiences in the UK’s most ambitious showcase of creative collaboration.