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2016: Countdown to bOing!…….Mirazozo

In her first in a series of articles about bOing!2016, Natalie Tipping previews Mirazozo.

The annual bOing! Festival has become a calendar staple for many families in Kent over recent years. This year’s event takes place, as always, over the August Bank Holiday weekend, on Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28, at Canterbury’s Gulbenkian.

One of the companies joining the bOing! family this year is Architects of Air, with their latest offering, Mirazozo.

The company has been based in Nottingham for over 20 years, and has toured the country with various structures in this time. Mirazozo is set to enthral visitors young and old in Canterbury during the festival.

It would be incorrect to describe Mirazozo as a production, it is an experience that is unique for each visitor. Revolving around a luminarium, a 1,000 square metre, nine metre tall structure, built out of PVC, Mirazozo transports visitors to another world.

The luminarium has taken a team of six workers around five months to build, with changes being made throughout the process. The result is an immersive experience, with each person reacting differently.

Alan Parkinson, the company’s artistic director, aims to provide an experience that everyone can enjoy. His goal is to create a space of equality, where, old or young, rich or poor, everyone can enjoy the space and take something away from it.

There is no need to worry about the unpredictable English weather either, as the light creates different experiences of the space as well, so whether it’s beaming sunshine or overcast and gloomy, visitors will be able to enjoy the space.

Mr Parkinson also feels that the experience of going into a luminarium never gets old.

“I do what I do because when I go into the structures I experience the same thing now that I experienced 25 years ago when I built my first one – the sense of being touched by the beauty of the phenomenon of light,” he said.

Entry to Mirazozo can be guaranteed by booking a timeslot here or calling 01227 769075. Tickets cost £3 and it is open from 10am until 4.40pm on both days of the festival.

KM logo This article is also published in the Kentish Gazette as part of the countdown to bOing! series.