Photo Flash: WELCOME TO THE FOREST Opens In London

See photos from the opening event, Welcome to the Forest, of the first ever May of London's Borough of Culture 2019, Waltham Forest. Running across the weekend (11 to 13 January, 6pm to 9.30pm), Welcome to the Forest is created in response to the themes of Waltham Forest's year celebrating Radicals, Makers and Fellowship. This unique event for all the family is designed to celebrate our shared past, present and future in this much loved corner of north east London that we've chosen to call home. The Mayor's London Borough of Culture progaramme is designed to put culture at the heart of the local community and inspire a new generation of creative talent.

Waltham Forest Town Hall is transformed by artists Greenaway & Greenaway and Mercury Music Prize-winning musician and producer Talvin Singh who present Into the Forest, a high energy, audio-visual, site-specific film that tells the story of the borough through the eyes of Waltham Forest's diverse communities. This includes a projection of more than 1,000 faces of local Waltham Forest residents and has been created in collaboration with students of Leyton Sixth Form College Preview can be viewed via YouTube here. Consecutive to this is the brand new commission from world-renowned, local electronic duo Addictive TV, Welcome to the Forest, a unique piece of music created from sampling audio and video of Waltham Forest's rich and diverse musical talent.

Lloyd Park is home to Nest, a new commission from artists Marshmallow Laser Feast; an epic lighting installation choreographed to a transcendental soundscape by composer Erland Cooper created with over 1,000 participants from local schools and choirs.

Locally-based international festival curators Continental Drifts have transformed Forest Road into a neon-lit, celebratory winter carnival featuring groups and individuals drawn from the borough and beyond in partnership with the legendary Gods Own Junkyard.

The site is illuminated by Walk the Plank's Fire Garden, an intimate and magical series of fire sculptures.

International in scale and ambition but telling the local stories of this place, it's time to say to the world: "Welcome to the Forest".

For detailed travel and access information click here: www.wfculture19.co.uk/welcometotheforest/details


Photo Flash: WELCOME TO THE FOREST Opens In London
Waltham Forest Town Hall Installation - Into the Forest by Greenaway & Greenaway in collaboration with Talvin Singh and Welcome to the Forest by Addictive TV - Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 11, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Photo Flash: WELCOME TO THE FOREST Opens In London
Lloyd Park Installation - Nest by Marshmallow Laser Feast in collaboration with Erland Cooper - Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 11, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Photo Flash: WELCOME TO THE FOREST Opens In London
Lloyd Park Installation - Nest by Marshmallow Laser Feast in collaboration with Erland Cooper - Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 11, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Photo Flash: WELCOME TO THE FOREST Opens In London
Lloyd Park Installation - Nest by Marshmallow Laser Feast in collaboration with Erland Cooper - Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 11, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Photo Flash: WELCOME TO THE FOREST Opens In London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan with local dance group Move17 on Forest Road, part of Welcome to the Forest, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 11, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA WireEDITORIAL USE ONLY Lloyd Park Installation - Nest by Marshmallow Laser Feast in collaboration with Erland Cooper - Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 11, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Photo Flash: WELCOME TO THE FOREST Opens In London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan with local dance group Move17 on Forest Road, part of Welcome to the Forest, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 11, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Photo Flash: WELCOME TO THE FOREST Opens In London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan with local dance group Move17 on Forest Road, part of Welcome to the Forest, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 11, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Photo Flash: WELCOME TO THE FOREST Opens In London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan with local dance group Move17 on Forest Road, part of Welcome to the Forest, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 11, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Photo Flash: WELCOME TO THE FOREST Opens In London
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Cllr Clare Coghill at Welcome to the Forest, Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 11, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

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