Friday, December 30, 2016

Fairytale bridges

This yuletide, the town has been treating its residents with a new festive event. Every evening since the first Sunday of Advent, the two pedestrian bridges crossing the river Aura have been turned into a fairyland of colour and sound.





The Theatre Bridge was converted into an enchanted forest with 200 spruce trees, 6000 LED lamps, numerous colour-changing lights, spotlights – and speakers echoing farytale forest sounds such as whispering of elves and howling of wolves.







I went to shoot the bridge on the first Sunday in December when the river had been frozen for a while and we even had some snow. The ideal winter weather was carrying a constant stream of strollers to marvel at the show.









The above photos span half an hour or so. The performance at the Library Bridge (below) is more low-key: just colour with the addition of a few speakers playing Christmas carols and other season-related melodies.









The evening acts will continue until Epiphany, the so-called Three Kings’ Day on January 6. The views have been less wintry for quite some time now. According to the latest forecast, our New Year’s Eve may be record mild (around 6°C or 43°F) but colder weather is expected to return after that.

Happy New Year to you all! Let’s make it a good one, colourful and bright for the young and old alike.



10 comments:

  1. Oh, this is so enchantingly beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful New Year ahead! xx Karen

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  2. Your town certainly has style. What a wonderfully festive idea and so pretty. It's all about keeping the dark away I suspect. Have a very happy new year. I have really enjoyed your blog this year. B x

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    1. You are too kind, Barbara. But I do feel I've got it a bit back on track since the move and everything related.

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  3. What a magical idea for young and old alike - wishing you and your family a very happy new year.

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    1. All the best to you and your family in 2017! I am so envious of your grandchildren.

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    1. Happy new year to your corner of the world too, Amy!

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  5. That is such a enchanting idea, it must have been magical to see in real life. Is the river all iced over? Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Sarah x

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    1. Happy new year to you too, Sarah. Because of the cold nights the river is practically frozen over although at the moment wet on the surface. This week is supposed to bring more frost.

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