The Enchanted Forest in Perthshire is Scotland’s premier sound and light show. Launched last night, a select audience of press and VIPs witness an array of dazzling colours to at Forestry Commission Scotland’s Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. This twelfth event is on course to smash all previous box office records, with organisers reporting that advance ticket sales are up over 50% on the previous year. A video of the opening will be available tomorrow.
The 2013 show “absorb” has been designed by a creative team led by Derek Allan including Scottish lighting designers Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes, music by RJ McConnell, and a specially commissioned orchestral piece in collaboration with composer Jon Beales. Together they have created a dazzling and engaging show which celebrates the stunning woodland setting of the event and appropriately marks the Year of Natural Scotland.
Derek Allan, producer of The Enchanted Forest 2013, said that the team had “worked especially hard this year to ensure we deliver a show that is both creative and visually stunning. Every year the remarkable natural woodland of Faskally Wood provides our canvas and inspiration and we really hope our audience members enjoy their visit. Thanks to funding from Event Scotland we have been able to extend the reach of the show this year into new markets and I am certain that new visitors to the event from the North East of England, as well as from closer to home, will find the experience both breath-taking and unique.”
Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth and North Perthshire, formally opened the show on Wednesday night. He described it as “undoubtedly one of Scotland’s finest cultural events which just continues to go from strength to strength. Last year it attracted over 30,000 visitors to Highland Perthshire, an essential boost for the local economy, but it also showcases the natural beauty of Scotland right across the globe. The Enchanted Forest is a must see event for any visitor to Scotland in the Autumn.”
Budding photographers visiting The Enchanted Forest this year will also have the chance to submit their own digital artwork to an esteemed panel of judges for the event’s first ever photographic competition. The winner will receive vouchers for photography kit as well as see their winning image displayed as a special guest exhibit in Perth Museum and Art Gallery’ Big Roots Exhibition.
The event runs from Friday 4th October – Sunday 27th October. Tickets are in very high demand this year with many shows already sold out. For further information about the Enchanted Forest, the photographic competition and to book tickets, visit the Enchanted Forest website.