Graduate Producer Maria-Magdalena Mineva has been working with the Arches Festivals team since December and tells us about her experience of the City’s first Light Night festival and what to expect from the Arches Festivals’ next event: Atmosphere on Saturday 25 April.

 “Working with Severn Arts as part of the Arches Festivals has been an incredible experience – every day I’m learning something new. I am accumulating skills which I can use to further and continue my career in producing, and for a new graduate like me having the opportunity to work on festivals of such scale is rare. Light Night met and exceeded my expectations.

“My favourite memory was when I saw a family all in their pyjamas on the see-saws. It turned out that their neighbour had been to Light Night and messaged the mum to say: “you have to come down here and check this out!” so the family who were ready for bed rushed out to make sure they had a turn on the see-saws! It is a key part of what we are trying to do – creating fleeting, magical moments, which you wouldn’t otherwise get to experience outside of a festival!

“I’m really looking forward to our next festival: Atmosphere. We have the same high-quality level of art that anyone can enjoy but with a completely different feel from Light Night.

“The festival is designed to get people thinking about their relationship to the environment and the natural world. There’ll be some exciting international level work from West Midlands based companies: Motionhouse (Wild!) and Highly Sprung (Urban Astronaut).”

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