Chatsworth explodes into life for arts project

The film, light and fire show which took place at Chatsworth House last night (4 December 2012).

The film, light and fire show which took place at Chatsworth House last night (4 December 2012).

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CHATSWORTH House was seen in a new light this week when it formed the backdrop for the launch of major arts project.

Pyrotechnics, sound and film were used as part of Elemental Force, which set the stage for three outdoor shows in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire to celebrate cultural tourism.

Just over 2,000 people, many of them volunteers with the Friends of Chatsworth, attended Tuesday’s preview, which was hosted by the Duke of Devonshire

The project, financed by Arts Council England, is being staged by Derby-based Deda Producing, which worked on ceremonies for the Olympics.

Performances will be given at Nottingham Castle on February 8, Derby’s Silk Mill on March 7, Newark Castle on March 16 and a venue in Derbyshire, yet to be confirmed, on March 29.

The Duke of Devonshire said: “Elemental Force will play an invaluable role in shining the spotlight on the region’s cultural heritage. I’m delighted Chatsworth was chosen as the preview for this series of special shows.”

Stephen Munn, executive producer of Elemental Force, said: “This year has given people a taste for the excitement of attending large-scale cultural events. This will be a chance for visitors and locals to experience something new and exciting.”