THE CHRISTMAS CAROL FESTIVE TRAIL
‘They were now in the busy thoroughfares of a city [...] Here too it was Christmas time again; but it was evening, and the streets were lighted up.’ (Dickens, A Christmas Carol)
WHAT IS THE CHRISTMAS CAROL FESTIVE TRAIL?
The Christmas Carol Experience, devised in 2016, and performed yearly since to sellout audiences, is heading to the streets of Colchester City Centre Christmas 2022, with an audio tour of the original-adapted text and accompanied by new and old festive music recorded by the Christmas Carol Experience vocal group.
In among the lights, noise and bustle of Colchester’s restaurants, shops, bars, and stalls are twelve moments of reflection, imagination, and festive cheer: twelve reanimated empty retail units across the town brought together in a magical festive trail between the chapters of a classic Christmas story, the universal story of the value of friends, family, and community, especially poignant after the adversity of two years that have unified us all in their challenges.
Accompanying the chapters, bringing to life characters known and loved by children and adults alike – the ghostly Marley with advice from the grave, the long-suffering and kindly Bob Cratchit, and the ever-optimistic Tiny Tim – are twelve shop window installations bringing together a diversity of art and creativity from across Essex: sculpture, fine art, dance, digital design, and placing it in the centre of town alongside curated work from community groups, young people and care homes.
WHEN WILL THE TRAIL TAKE PLACE?
With support from Essex County Council’s ‘Art and Culture fund’ and Our Colchester’s ‘Create’ fund, The Christmas Carol Festive Trail will be an interactive installation of live and digital performance and art taking place across Colchester Town Centre for 52 days (six weeks) from November 2022 to January 2023, drawing visitors to the Town Centre, and entertaining shoppers, workers and residents. It will be freely accessible for all visitors and encompass the entirety of Colchester Town Centre, entertaining and engaging shoppers with a variety of visual and audio experiences.
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