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17th January 2011, 1:40pm
Major digital arts festival promises to unlock Lincoln
Lincoln castle with cathedral in background Lincoln will be transformed into a feast for the imagination and senses in September, October and November this year by a major digital arts festival attracting artists from all over the world.

Unlocking the City will see Lincoln’s cultural venues and public spaces used as the setting for awe-inspiring artworks including sound art, projections, lighting and theatre.

Venues will include The Collection, Usher gallery, Lincoln Drill Hall, University of Lincoln and Lincoln Cathedral as well as other unexpected and more unusual spaces.

The festival is being made possible by significant funding from the Arts Council, Igniting Ambition Connecting Communities 2011 Festival (funded by Legacy Trust and ERDF in the lead up to the Olympics), and Lincolnshire County Council's Community Grant Aid scheme.

It will involve commissions, events and performances including Four Seasons, interactive installations by artists METRO-BOULOT-DODOT.

Leading the festival steering group is the University of Lincoln, which will host a digital arts conference to round off events in November 2011.

Professor Norman Cherry, Dean of the University’s Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design said: “The festival will involve artists from Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and all over the globe taking the lead in commissioning new work to surprise, excite and delight residents and visitors to Lincoln alike. The city will really come alive.”

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