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Scouts: Illuminating Adventure

posted 20 Nov 2011, 09:32 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 14:59 ]
Scout stands in front of giant snow domeScout next to ArtSpectacular and breathtaking are two of the words which Scouts used to sum up last night's adventure. PLs and APLs from the Group joined thousands in Durham City to visit Durham Lumieres 2011. Lumieres is Durham's biennial festival of light and brings together art from across the world to illuminate the streets of the city.

The walk around the city was magical and every time we turned a corner, we found a new exhibit to challenge our ideas about art. Around Millenium Square, we encountered Utopia, a large neon sign on the former ice rink. Flickering on the roof, it made us question whether there was really such a thing. Next we headed over the river to see 'Binary Waves', which is an installation which reacts to the radio and mobile phone signals around.

As we wandered the city, Scouts marvelled at the 'Marquess of Londonderry' situated in the Market Square which had been transformed into the 'I Love Durham' snowdome of light, complete with pink neon lights and a gigantic globe covering the statue.
Durham Cathedral - The Crown
As we walked up Bailey street, we saw the 'Pimp Pallets' exhibit which at first glance was just an open wheelie bin, but as we looked closer, we realised that it was actually art. Whether we quite realised that was a bold statement about the use of colour in the urban environment, I'm not so sure.

The jewel in the festival display was the ‘Crown of Light’ which depicts the Lindisfarne Gospels as a stunning 20 minute slideshow projection across the whole of the front of the famous Durham Cathedral.

Our method for giving young people the opportunity to learn by doing is called the Programme. The Programme is a continuous progression of training, activities and awards that covers everything that young people do in Scouting from the age of 6 to 25.
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