Colours of Cluny opens to the public in dazzling display of light and sound

Forres’ first light and sound spectacular, Colours of Cluny, opened this evening in a vibrant display of colour set to light up northern skies for its 10-night run beginning Wednesday 9th November.

The event, which is the first of its kind in Morayshire, is set to attract thousands of visitors to the area to enjoy the dazzling display and runs from Wednesday to Sunday from the 9th- 20th November.

Organisers Forres Features Community Interest Company have worked with some of the creative talent behind the multi-award winning Enchanted Forest to create a unique event set to showcase the natural beauty of the towns Grant Park, Cluny Hill and Nelson’s Tower in a whole new, very colourful light.

An official launch reception took place this evening to mark the beginning of the inaugural event. The Community Interest Company thanked all those involved, from those who have donated funding for the event to members of the local community.

Graham Murdoch, Chairman of Forres Features Community Interest Company, spoke of the launch:

“I’m absolutely delighted that the very first Colours of Cluny sound and light show has tonight opened its gates to the public and we’re looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Forres to experience this truly magical show, which showcases the beautiful surroundings in a completely different way.

Graham continued:

“We’re extremely grateful for all those who have helped makes Colours of Cluny a reality and the support we’ve received, from donations to the support from the local community and businesses, shows that Colours of Cluny really is a community effort. Tickets are still available to buy and we urge people not to miss out on this special event.”

Funding for the show, which costs over £120,000 to stage, has come from local sources including The Budge Foundation, who donated £25,000, The Berry Burn Foundation, who donated £10,000, Highland and Islands Enterprise with a £17,500 donation. Forres Events Ltd (the organisers of ”˜Piping in Forres’), Forres Area Local Forum and Forres Common Good Fund also donated funds.

In addition, BAM Nuttall, in conjunction with Network Rail, the company currently developing the new station in Forres, have agreed to meet the cost of the generators which power the event. The self-funded event will re-invest any profits into staging future similar events in the area.

Lorraine Budge, co-founder of The Budge Foundation, which supports cultural and education-related projects in Scotland and worldwide, officially opened the show. She commented:

“My husband Bill and I are delighted to have been involved in this fantastic project and to finally see it all come to fruition. We know the creative team have worked very hard to ensure the event gives people of all ages something to enjoy. It promotes the town in a very positive way, benefiting many local businesses and families and we hope to see it become a regular event on the Forres calendar. It has the potential to be the largest crowd-drawing event in Northern Scotland”
Colours of Cluny Lighting Designer Kate Bonney, who is part of the creative force behind Pitlochry’s Enchanted Forest, is well acquainted with the landscape. Kate commented:

“Having grown up in Forres, the area has provided me with a lot of creative inspiration over the years. I’m delighted to have been involved in developing a show that enhances the natural landscape of Cluny Hill and Forres in a dramatic and mesmerising mixture of sound and light. It’s been fantastic to see the project come together and is definitely something not to be missed!”