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Harbour festival is all set to be a blazing success

There’s just over two weeks to go until a flaming hot programme of entertainment by the sea.

Dazzling fire performances have been added to the programme in preparation for the Scottish Maritime Museum’s award-winning Illumination: Harbour Festival of Light in Irvine, North Ayrshire.

One of the major highlights of illumination, which runs from Thursday, November 30, to Sunday, December 3, the Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular now features a dazzling fire performance as well as jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics.

Visitors to the daily performances of the ticketed Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular will begin their hour-long experience inside the Museum’s vast Linthouse building, a former shipyard engine shop from Govan.

The Scottish Maritime Museum’s award-winning four day winter spectacular illumination, Harbour Festival of Light returns this month

Here, high up in the glass-roofed ‘cathedral of engineering’, Spinal Chord will perform gravity defying aerial acrobatics on rope silks and trapeze above beautiful boats and awesome relics of maritime engineering.

Moving into the colour bathed Linthouse Courtyard, visitors will enjoy a fire performance by Glasgow Hula Hoop as well as stiltwalkers and jugglers.

A stunning projection against the Linthouse façade will tell the monumental story of shipbuilding with many unseen archive photographs from the Museum’s collection.

As well as seeing historic vessels SY Carola and puffer Spartan shining bright with colour, visitors wanting to stay awhile will also find refreshments at a Vintage Bus Bar.

There’s lots of fun with the Scottish Maritime Museum’s Harbour Festival of Light,

Tickets for the Illumination Light, Fire and Aerial Art Spectacular are now available through the Illumination: Harbour Festival of Light, which was named Cultural Event of the Year at the Scottish Event Awards earlier this month, has once again received support as part of the Scotland’s Winter Festivals events programme.

The festival has also been made possible through the support of North Ayrshire Council, BAE Systems, Caledonian MacBrayne, Booth Welsh, NPL Estates and Confida Facilities Management.

The festival begins when Irvine’s historic waterfront will sparkle with a free firework display.

The pyrotechnics will mark Scotland’s national day, designed to celebrate the country’s history, culture and heritage with people both at home and abroad.

Other highlights of Ayrshire’s four-day Winter spectacular include the free illumination Light Trail which will twinkle at the Museum and along Irvine Harbourside from dusk to 10pm daily.

This year, the Light Trail will include ‘On the Tide’, a mesmerising light installation of sparkling ‘kelp’ by Squidsoup, which will snake from the Harbourside out onto the River Irvine. Visitors will be able to interact with the 1,000 multi-coloured beads via their phone or tablet.

The Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine

The three metre high maquettes of the world’s largest equine sculptures, Andy Scott’s shimmering steel Kelpies on Forth and Clyde Canal at the gateway to the Helix, will also stand proud at the heart of the illumination trail.

Visitors will also discover brightly lit historic vessels including the small Tall Ship La Malouine and illuminated homes, buildings and maritime engineering along the waterfront. The Museum’s beautiful George Wyllie inspired paper boat will glitter on the water.

Other highlights will include the community lantern parade led in association with Ayrshire Youth Arts and Harbour Arts Centre, Murray McDavid whisky tastings and entertainment aboard a 1960s cutter boat with ‘Whisky Bard’ Robin Laing, sparkling skiff racing and demonstrations by Scottish Coastal Rowing Association and a Harbourside Food and Craft Fair.

illumination, which also celebrates the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, will come to a close with a second free firework display on Sunday, December 3.

Over 15,000 visitors enjoyed the inaugural illumination festival held at the Scottish Maritime Museum and across Irvine Harbourside last year.

Visit www.illuminationfestival.co.uk for details.