People from across Bolton are being asked to show what the town means to them as part of a ground breaking digital arts project.
Whether it’s a nostalgic take on Bolton’s heritage, landmarks and events, or a modern view of trends, activities and culture, residents are being encouraged to share their pictures and videos online.
They will also be encouraged to take ‘Bolfies’ – a selfie that represents what makes Bolton special for them.
The results will be used to create a light show that will be projected from Cheadle Square onto the arches at the back of Le Mans Crescent, on Monday, March 17 from 7.30pm, before being used as part of a Greater Manchester light display in Manchester City Centre on Saturday, March 29.
The Let’s Go Global event is supported by Bolton at Home and Bolton Council, with funding from Arts Council England and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities.
Gaynor Cox, Arts Officer for Bolton at Home, said: “This project will focus on people and place to showcase what makes us proud about Bolton. We want as much material as we can get and we’re asking people to submit their Bolfies and other content online.
“This can be a photo or short video either of people, objects, food and drink, or even sounds that they think best represent Bolton. This will give us some great content to create a powerful light show that encompasses everything that makes Bolton the place it is.”
Cabinet Member of Economy, Development and Regeneration, Councillor Akhtar Zaman, added: “This project gives local people the unique opportunity to contribute to a light show about Bolton.
“The concept is simple in essence but thought provoking. If you’re taking a selfie include something from Bolton in the shot to turn it into a ‘bolfie’. It could be a building, a sports venue or anything relating to the town.
“This is a way of capturing contemporary social history and we’ll be looking at how we can use the content in the future to promote Bolton.”
Let’s Go Global, a creative media organisation based at MediaCityUK in Salford, has been commissioned to deliver the Big Digital Project which will see nine other local authority areas in Greater Manchester also staging their own light shows.
Let’s Go Global has contracted External Galleries, a collaboration of artists Andy McKeown and Peter Walker, to work with groups in each of the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities.
Bolton’s light show is being led by Breightmet’s Mr One Million group with support from local community interest company thebox.tv.
The Mr One Million group – the team behind the short Bolton-based film drama of the same name – and thebox.tv have already been involved in two design workshops led by External Galleries and created a dedicated Facebook page www.facebook.com/boltonbigdigital.
The group is using the #bolfie hashtag on Twitter to encourage people to submit their own Bolfies. Other forms of content can be submitted through the Big Digital Project website (Bolton has its own page) http://www.bigdigitalproject.co.uk/ or via the Facebook page or directly to the artists email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org