Flames and fireworks feature in spectacular launch of Derby's Format International Photography Festival
WITH a burst of flames, a sky full of fireworks and a wall of colour, Format International Photography Festival burst into life.
This year, the world-renowned month of exhibitions, workshops and films centres on the theme of the factory.
And the opening ceremony bought that theme to life with an extraordinary piece of work Elemental Force, produced by Déda.
Hundreds of people descended on Cathedral Green in the pouring rain to witness the story of the region told through a giant animation cast on to the bare bricks of the walls surrounding the Silk Mill.
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From rural idyll, to the steam and brimstone of the Industrial Revolution to the present-day technologies of Rolls-Royce, Derbyshire's life was laid bare.
Accompanying the action were flames thrown high into the air and a white suited dancer suspended 50 feet in the air inside a huge gyroscopic steel circle that she flipped, floated and danced within.
The walls of flame certainly warmed the crowd and created a sheet of smoke that at times hid the world's first factory entirely.
Before the spectacle was under way, Derby City Council leader Paul Bayliss said: "We are really pleased to be able to work with all the partner, Quad, the Arts Council and the university to make this event happen.
"It is the perfect demonstration of the way that Derby goes about things."
Friends Viv Taylor, 45, from Chellaston, and Kirsty Maycock, 35, from Normanton, attended the evening.
Kirsty said: "It was amazing. I don't think anyone would have left here disappointed.
"It's great that Derby is starting to get more of these type of things.."
Viv said: "People have always said that there is nothing to do in Derby but that can't be said any more."
Kirsty said: "It's wonderful to see the work that Quad and Derby Live have done in the city.
"And events like this show that people in the city do want it and will come."