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Landudno Arts Festival line-up announced and it’s out of this world

Art exhibitions, street performances, and creative hubs will bring colour and fun to the town. And organisers of free arts weekend LLAWN06, have lifted the lid on what visitors and residents can expect with Museum of the Moon set to be a show-stopper.

The installation features NASA imagery of the moon’s surface with music composed by award-winning composer Dan Jones who scooped an Ivor Novello award for best TV soundtrack for his score for the BBC’s The Miniaturist.

Karine Décorne of Migrations, the organisation behind the moon, said:

“LLAWN06 might be one small step for man but our arts activities are a giant leap for Llandudno. Museum of the Moon, to be displayed in St John’s Church, has travelled the world, thrilling audiences along the way. This promises to be a mixture of moonlight and music which will be heavenly for Llandudno.”

But is not just the moon which will be captivating. Visitors can take a trip back in time with the arrival of Boudicca. Riding a Roman Chariot built around a mobility scooter, Boudicca will bring comedy and music to the streets as she encourages others to join her on her tour of Llandudno.

Award-winning sound artist Ray Lee will bring his monumental outdoor interactive sound sculpture to town, creating an entrancing concert reminiscent of a peel of bells, delivered by loudspeakers housed in eight, giant high metal towers.

A sea monster will take to the coastline, to deliver clean seas message and returning unwanted plastic waste to the land, and a giant whale will further link the seaside with the town.

An exhibition of painting, sculptures, drawing and photography – She sees the shadows – will be installed at MOSTYN with over 40 contemporary artists from London-based David Roberts Art Collection re-examining familiar objects and materials in unexpected ways.

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The gallery will also host artist Chris Lewis-Jones (Nu-Urban Gardeners) with participants helping to create a piece of artwork.

MOSTYN Director, Alfredo Cramerotti, said:

“We’re really pleased to be working with a number of artists and organisations to bring fantastic art and performance to the streets of Llandudno again this year. LLAWN festival is a joyful celebration of contemporary art and the many ways in which it can be enjoyed – there’s something for everyone!”

CALL (Culture Action Llandudno) will welcome visitors to explore the town’s ‘lost spaces’ through installations, digital art, prints and performance by over 30 regional artists which will shine a light on buildings untouched for years.

Cinema and music from Old Colwyn’s TAPE Community Music & Film and the transformation of beach huts to include art installations will also form part of the activities.

“No matter where our visitors and residents are in Llandudno over the LLAWN06 weekend, they are bound to come across artwork, performances, or installations which will make them stop, think, or get involved. Our festival partners will also be working with local schools and groups to create artistic opportunities.

“The curatorial theme this year is ‘Cultural Ecology’, looking at our environment, the sea, our lands, the planets. But we are also looking at how culture plays a vital part in our towns and region and at how we can support this ecology of artists to continue thriving. There will be so much to explore and discover and we’ll be lifting the lid on more activities as we move forward,” added Sabine Cockrill, director of CALL.

The event will run from September 14-16 throughout town including the promenade, promenade shelters, Venue Cymru, John Street, Vaughan Street, Haus – 26 Augusta Street, Holy Trinity Church, St John’s Church and the Tabernacle.

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