THERE’S something fishy going on in Weymouth. The British seaside town is about to be flooded with giant sea life, turning the streets into an underwater fantasy.
The Dorset resort’s ‘Dusk Till Dark’ festival returns this month with 9ft high illuminated fish and luminescent jellyfish swimming through the town centre thanks to pedal power.
On September 23 and 24, Activate and Inside Out Dorset present Peixos by Barcelona street theatre company Surruga and, as a brilliant bonus, the spellbinding spectacle is free to attend.
Peixos is Catalan for fish and Spaniards Sarruga are known for their original giant metal sculptures inspired by nature – in this case reflecting the director’s love of sea diving.
Young people from the town have also been able to take part in the build-up to the event, learning about puppet making and production during a summer school run by Activate.
Artworks and puppets created during summer workshops are already on display in shops throughout the town, bringing the community together in the build-up to Peixos.
Organised in partnership with We Are Weymouth and Weymouth Town Council, this year’s event follows on from the success of 2021 where giant puppet Dundu explored the town as the sun set.
Dawn Rondeau, We Are Weymouth’s Chief Operations Officer says: “The success of our 2021 Dusk Till Dark in Weymouth was so resounding that we knew immediately it should be an annual event.
“We had amazing feedback from businesses, locals and visitors in 2021 and we’re so excited to share this next performance with the town.”