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Newbury to be lit up as Corn Exchange Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Outdoor Events

From Friday 11 to Sunday 13 October the streets of Newbury will be transformed by fire as the Corn Exchange Newbury presents Fire Garden, a beautiful and spellbinding free event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Corn Exchange’s outdoor arts programme.

Legendary French fire artists Carabosse will transform the familiar landscape of the town’s streets and squares into a magical and mesmeric wonderland of flickering flames. As much alchemists as artists, Carabosse have travelled the world, never failing to enchant audiences of all ages.


From 7.30pm until 10.30pm each evening, audiences can wander the streets amidst thousands of clay fire pots, suspended illuminations and ingenious kinetic sculptures, accompanied by live music.


Grant Brisland, Director of the Corn Exchange says ‘The outdoor arts programme is at the heart of the work we present at the Corn Exchange and we know that events, such as the annual Festival of Light in December, are occasions that families look forward to each year. We have also been able to bring an exciting range of world-renowned artists to Newbury and the surrounding area - from Mark Andersen’s Furious Folly, to Periplum’s 451, to Artonik’s Colour of Time, there have been so many memorable performances and, judging by how many people fondly remember Ablaze from 2013, I know Fire Garden will be yet another spectacular experience for the town to share that people will be talking about for years to come’.


Fire Garden takes place on Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October and audiences are welcome to navigate the installations at their own pace anytime between 7.30pm and 10.30pm. The event is FREE to attend and no booking is required.  The installations will be centred around the Market Place, St Nicolas’ Church and the canal path. Please visit www.cornexchangenew.com/firegarden for more information.


The Corn Exchange’s outdoor arts programme is funded by Greenham Trust and Arts Council England and the Corn Exchange gratefully acknowledges the support of St Nicolas’ Church and Canal and River Trust in presenting Fire Garden. The Corn Exchange and 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Centre are grateful to Oxford Charcoal Company, suppliers of high quality locally manufactured charcoal for their help in enabling the event to be as environmentally sustainable as possible.

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