This October a new arts programme launches in Cambridge presenting a series of temporary artworks and encounters between the hours of dusk and dawn. Residents and visitors to Cambridge are invited to celebrate the city’s long hours of darkness with a series of performances, installation and artist led walks. Nightjar looks beyond the conventional gallery or theatre space, inhabiting the more unexpected sites of the city. Forgotten and overlooked spaces will come alive with after-dark activities and familiar venues will open their doors out of hours.

Artist Luke Jerram has been commissioned to create a new sound installation for Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Plant Orchestra will amplify the imperceptible sound waves of plants, revealing the gardens hidden acoustics. The Botanic Garden will open especially for the event so that visitors can explore the installation in the semi darkness of the tropical rainforest glasshouse.

Townley and Bradby will mark the turning back of the clocks from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time, with a nocturnal guided tour. Conversations After Dark questions how people use the city at night and what rewards or opportunities the darkness presents. As well as the nocturnal tour, Townley and Bradby will be collaborating with writer Jamie Wilkes to create a text in response to their nocturnal explorations.

Writer Jonathan Watts is Nightjar’s official Reader in Residence. Over four nights he can be found in the booked lined walls of Hotel du Vin’s library offering late night stories, relating to the programmes nocturnal theme and Cambridge setting.

Other works include an early morning intervention by Chris Parsons, who sets out at dawn to create vast geometric patterns by sweeping the dew that has settled on close cut lawns overnight, a performative walk and talk by Urban (Col)laboratory, whose process-led research investigates the rhythms and routines by which people negotiate spaces and drift by Amy Sharrocks, a musing on the role of water, journeys and boatwomen.

Image: Dew Sweeping by Chris Parsons

Event Title: Nightjar
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