The Helix, home of the Kelpies, welcomed two more mythical creatures this week as some rather cheeky and enchanting Wishing Fairies made a special visit ahead of featuring in Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes, an illuminated outdoor show taking place at The Helix on January 1 and 2, 2019.
The talented Wishing Fairies – one playing the fiddle – shared special frozen dewdrops with toddler Layla Love for her to make ‘kind wishes’ with. Collected by the Wishing Fairies at dawn on the first frost of winter, all the magic of winter is encapsulated in the dewdrops which children will be able to take home with them from the Fire & Light event.
The enchanting characters come from Rowanbank Environmental Arts and Education, a not-for-profit organisation based in Dirleton North Berwick, who deliver a range of community events and workshops to inspire people, young and old, to experience the magic of nature.
Rowanbank, which runs projects ranging from renewable energy projects to street-performance style shows in urban woodlands, will bring its wonderful Wishing Fairies during the spectacular show, as well as a 543-year-old medicine woman of the forest called Granny Lichen Leaf who can see the future.
Returning for a fourth year, Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes features a 4K walk from Falkirk Stadium to the iconic Kelpies and back. Visitors will see The Helix transformed into a striking combination of fire performance, interactive light installations, captivating puppetry and animated projections depicting this year’s theme, the signs of the zodiac – all in front of the backdrop of the Kelpies.
Managed by Falkirk Community Trust with support from Scotland’s Winter Festivals fund, 2019’s Fire & Light is expected to draw bigger crowds, with a record 11,000 tickets now on sale. Anna Plant, senior events officer with Falkirk Community Trust, organiser of Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes, said:
“It is wonderful to be welcoming so many outstanding creative contributors to The Helix for Fire & Light: Cosmic Fortunes. The team at Rowanbank Environmental Arts and Education have introduced us to some truly magical characters and we can’t wait to see the children’s faces when they are given their special frozen dewdrops by the Wishing Fairies. There really is something for all ages at our Fire & Light event, from mythological creatures to live fire performances as well as our incredible Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculptures, which are always a sight to behold.”
A series of stunning art installations, including a seven-metre scale model depicting Earth called Gaia from international installation artist Luke Jerram which is making its Scottish Debut at the event, will be on display. The event will also feature creations from five Scotland-based artists including David Powell, Pyroceltica and Vision Mechanics.