Bram Stoker Festival have announced the Irish premiere of BOREALIS, an artwork by Swiss artist Dan Acher, which will create a mesmerising illusion of the Northern Lights, aka the Aurora Borealis, in the Upper Courtyard of Dublin Castle this October Bank Holiday Weekend. This FREE event will run each night of the festival from 6.30pm until 10.30pm.
An initiative of Dublin City Council, Bram Stoker Festival returns to Dublin city this year for four days and nights of deadly adventures between Friday 28 October and Monday 31 October.
BOREALIS is an immersive light and sound experience, with a custom soundtrack by Guillaume Desbois. It has wowed hundreds of thousands of people across the globe including in London, Adelaide, Geneva, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and Tokyo and has captivated audiences with its recreation of one of our planet’s most beautiful natural phenomenons, in cities where it wouldn’t normally occur.
“The artwork is about inspiring shared emotions in the centre of a city by creating something magical – something that shouldn’t naturally be there – to create a moment of togetherness, belonging and community for all who see it”
Its lush visuals and harmonious soundscape utterly transform the sky over spectators’ heads, and time seems to slow down as eyes look up at the mesmerising lights in a breath-taking experience of true awe and wonder. BOREALIS brings the fascination and superstition humans have experienced for millenia on viewing the Northern Lights right into the city centre for Dubliners and visitors of all ages to enjoy.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Caroline Conroy said, “Dublin comes alive at Hallowe’en and this fantastic event will ensure our city sparkles and enthrals this year. The ‘Borealis’ spectacular will bring the magic of the Northern Lights to our city and Dubliners will be able to experience this in the atmospheric setting of the Dublin Castle. I have no doubt the Bram Stoker Festival 2022 will again prove to be a brilliant festival for everyone.”
Bram Stoker Festival Co-Directors Maria Schweppe and Tom Lawlor said, “We are incredibly excited to bring BOREALIS to Dublin, knowing how much it has captivated huge audiences worldwide. It is a perfect fit for Bram Stoker Festival, taking place in Dublin Castle where Stoker himself once worked. We can’t wait to welcome Dubliners of all ages to this free spectacle in the city centre, every night of the festival.”
Creator of BOREALIS Dan Acher said, “I am thrilled to present BOREALIS in Dublin with Bram Stoker Festival. The artwork is about inspiring shared emotions in the centre of a city by creating something magical – something that shouldn’t naturally be there – to create a moment of togetherness, belonging and community for all who see it:”
Details on how to experience Borealis, for free, will be released by Bram Stoker Festival in early October.