On the 24th of November, Plymouth held an illuminated parade and theatre piece to commemorate the sailing of the Mayflower to the Plymouth plantation, Massachusetts, in 1620.
Working with Tor Bridge school at Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth College of Art students were commissioned to imagine and create a multimedia piece of art that was projection-mapped onto the facade of the historic Plymouth Guildhall.
This year’s theme was the story of Maushop the Giant. Maushop is a figure from the Wampanoag creation myth and is central to Wampanoag culture. Community groups and schools were introduced to the story of Maushop by the Illuminate artists and were invited to create a simple illuminated costume in response to it. There was an acted element to the parade which was devised by the Barbican Theatre. The aim was to instill a real sense of occasion to the communities that are worked with.
Illuminate is going to grow and possibly will become the biggest Mayflower engagement project in the city and the parade will be held every year up to the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower in 2020.
Find footage from the event at Devonport Guildhall here.