Win a pair of weekend passes to ENLIGHTEN Bury – Festival of Light and Sound

Arts producers Curated Place have partnered with Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre to develop ENLIGHTEN Bury, a new sound and light festival that will take place over two nights, reinventing the experience of Light Night into a high quality public art installation trail alongside an international music programme.

ENLIGHTEN Bury features music and A/V performances from Hannah Peel, Wrangler, Plaid, Sykur, Orka, Wyles & Simpson, Cobby and Litten, James Orvis and more, with visual arts interactives from BAFTA-winning Seb Lee-Delise, Felix Thorn, Paul Friedlander, The Owl Project and Stanza to name but a few.

The Festival

An astonishing array of interactive light and sound installations will bring the streets, venues, galleries and bars of Bury’s cultural quarter to life, while stars of experimental world music will play into the night.

Curated Place is one of the UK’s leading arts and festival producers. They recently won 2016 Scottish Festival of the Year for the SPECTRA festival in Aberdeen, and this year delivered the critically acclaimed John Grant’s North Atlantic Flux for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture.

The Artists

Felix’s Machines – Compositional Automata is a new dual functional machine created by Felix to be programmed by new composers and shown at festivals and exhibitions as a standalone light and sound sculpture. Seminal electronica group Plaid will perform original new scores with Felix, building an ambient mixture of sound, light and machinery that will dazzle and excite.

Felix Thorn - Compositional Automata (new commission)Digital artist Seb Lee-Delisle’s The Lightning Catchers is a large-scale laser-projected interactive game for 2 to 10 players where the aim of the game is to catch as much lightning as you can with lightning rods.

Poco Apollo is a generative music piece by Icelandic musician/programmer Halldór Eldjárn. Built upon NASA’s Apollo Space mission photo archive: around 15,000 photos taken on earth and in space, Poco Apollo generates musical soundscapes for each image in the library. This event will be a live performance as guitarist Daníel Helgason joins Halldór onstage to interpret the songs along with self-playing robotic harp. After the performance, Poco Apollo will take over and play back random songs ad infinitum.

LightWavePower, Paul Friedlander 2015Paul Friedlander’s Light Harp is a collection of heavy black cords stretched taught horizontally across a frame and set in vibration. Since the amplitude of the waves is large, the audience sees not a string but a translucent volume swept out in space by the vibrating movement. These strings are lit with chromastrobic light, a special form of light that changes colour faster than the eye can see.

Owl Project is a collaborative group of artists consisting of Simon Blackmore, Antony Hall and Steve Symons. They work with wood and electronics to fuse sculpture and sound art, creating music making machines, interfaces and objects which intermix pre-steam and digital technologies. Drawing on influences such as 70s synthesiser culture, DIY woodworking and current digital crafts, the resulting artwork is a quirky and intriguing critique of the allure and production of technology.

The competition

Northern Soul has teamed up with ENLIGHTEN Bury to give away a pair of weekend passes to this brilliant festival. So, to be in with a chance of winning, then simply sign up to the Northern Soul newsletter (details of how to do this are on the right-hand side of the page) and send an email to with the title ‘Enlighten’.

Closing date: October 19, 2017

Winners will be picked at random and notified by: October 19, 2017


ENLIGHTEN Bury takes place October 20 – 21, 2017. For more information, or to book tickets, visit the website.