Nottingham’s Game City8 is set to go off with a virtual bang


This week, guest blogger Seb Lee-Delisle has written about the brand new digital fireworks display which will light up Game City8 next week.

Everyone loves fireworks displays but usually you have to stand well back while the experts light the touch paper. So I’ve created a fireworks display called PixelPyros, but this is no ordinary fireworks display. It’s a digital fireworks display controlled by you!

We’re excited to be bringing it to Nottingham’s Old Market Square on 18th October for the first night of a national tour, which will also travel to Brighton, Leicester and Huddersfield. It’s completely free to attend, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, and it’s the official opening to GameCity, the brilliant festival that celebrates gaming culture. fireworks2

I’ve had my sights on the Old Market Square ever since we decided to go on tour – it’s such an iconic location, and why wouldn’t we want to be at the largest city square in the country? The show works really well in these urban spaces where real fireworks just wouldn’t be an option.

We’ve been working all year and we’re finally putting the finishing touches to the show. The fireworks are projected onto a 60-foot-wide screen using lasers and the brightest projectors we could get our hands on. We have lots of different themes and styles of fireworks, some that look like real fireworks and some that look more digital.

fireworks3New for this year is the addition of lasers. The projectors are bright, but with the addition of powerful laser light we can actually compete with the brightness of real fireworks. We’ve been working hard to figure out how to control the lasers in real time with our software, and it’s finally paying off – the results are so spectacular. I can’t wait to see it full scale as part of the show.

Every single firework is launched by members of the audience – touch one of the orbs of light along the bottom of the screen, and a firework shoots out of it.

The show will be running from 7.30pm onwards on Friday 18th October so I’d love to see you there – the show literally won’t be the same without you!

Follow us on twitter @PixelPyros and like us on Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Posted by Catherine Allen on behalf of Seb Lee-Delisle.

Posted on 11 October 2013
Featured author: Catherine Allen Marketing Assistant

Arts fan, runner and cyclist who has been living in Nottingham for more than a decade. Loves real ale, craft beer, good food, travelling and sausage dogs.

Comments (0)

Post a comment

Our monthly pick

Nottingham We Dig The Castle

We Dig The Castle: Unearthing Nottingham’s Archaeological Secrets Part Two

This blog is the second instalment of a two part blog. To read part one click here. Back in July I visited Nottingham Castle to find out more about the annual archaeological excavation ‘We Dig The Castle’. A partnership project between Trent & Peak Archaeology, Nottingham City Council and Historic England, this excellent scheme invites volunteers…

Your favourite places

Featured authors

  • Sarah Louise

    A very lucky marketeer in her dream job. Passionate about all things Nottinghamshire and firmly believes if you work really hard and are kind, amazing things will happen!

  • Kinga

    Addicted to music and learning languages. Loves reading, gardening, travelling and everything new media related.

  • Alistair

    Originally from Preston – but now calling Nottingham home – Alistair’s a St Helens rugby league fan who loves travel and music.

  • Natalie

    Proud to represent the county I grew up in. Travel loving devoted mum of two who carries a torch for the city’s unsung hero, Captain Albert Ball VC.

  • Sophie

    Writer and amateur local historian with an affection for English eccentrics. Returned to Nottingham in 2013, only to fall in love with the creative and cultural goings of the city.

Have a go...

unesco city of literature nottingham

Speak In Nottingham To Me – A Beginner’s Guide To Nottingham’s Dialect

Language is certainly one of our best creations. Without it, it would be difficult for us to coexist, establish communities and share feelings. Language makes it all easier and helps us work together and understand one another. Throughout history people always felt the need to find one universal language for all. Several attempts were made to popularise different languages…