NOTE TO EDITORS: You are invited to send a reporter / photographer / film crew to Monikie Country Park at 7pm on Tuesday 4 October 2016 when a preview of this magical show will be given. Please report to Claire Grainger, Grainger Public Relations on arrival.
A theatrical, mystery spectacular within the woods of Monikie Country Park opens to the public tomorrow (Wednesday 5 October 2016), featuring a family of virtual creatures, landmarks such as the fairy path and the red witch tree, as well two baby dragons in their newly built dragon nursery, all set to wow audiences throughout the month of October.
With 20 talking Augmented Reality creatures to befriend (or be wary of!) on your journey, Dragon Matrix will see visitors embark on a quest to track six dragon stones, stolen from the Museum of Dragons, and a brand new fantastical installation, The Spirit of the Dragon, located in the woods of Monikie from Wednesday 5 until Monday 31 October 2016 (except 10, 17 and 24 October).
There will also be a stunning and interactive sculpture sitting above the water of Monikie Loch, which will change colour as visitors sing to it.
On arrival, visitors can explore the Tag Tent where they can play or watch a series of moveable animations projected onto the walls. There will also be the chance to buy some specially commissioned merchandise including brilliant comics, t-shirts and torches, and enjoy food and drink from the on-site Café Byzantium who will be offering a special takeaway and standard menu for Dragon Matrix, as well as their a la carte menu on Fridays and Saturdays.
Following the success of the inaugural DragonQuest, which attracted over 5,000 visitors last year, tickets for the follow-up family show Dragon Matrix are on sale via tickets.dragonmatrix.org.uk or the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath. Visitors are being urged to download the ‘Dragon Matrix’ App prior to their visit.
Vision Mechanics, the Edinburgh theatre company behind ‘Big Man Walking’, ‘Giants in the Forest’ and ‘Embrace’, is creating the event, which will once again see the woods lit up and inhabited by huge, illuminated installations against a backdrop of music, clever lighting and giant figures.
Symon Macintyre, Creative Director said, “Dragon Matrix promises to be an exciting, beautiful, engaging and entertaining night in the woods – a night like no other. As you meander through the woods, you will discover 20 magical creatures who will talk to you through the Dragon Matrix App. But there are lots of other theatrical treats in store, from a truly stunning fairy glen and spooky path of virtual spiders, to a water-top sculpture which will change colour as you sing to it. Come along and be mesmerised by a magical woodland world, and explore what else lies in wait!”
‘Dragon Matrix’ is supported by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and is also part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016. The event is also supported by ANGUSalive and, for the first time, by The Space, which works with artists and arts organisations to support them to create great art and reach new audiences using digital technologies and platforms.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said, “We are delighted to be supporting Dragon Matrix again, in what promises to be a spectacular event. It is also fitting that in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design that Dragon Matrix will utilise the latest virtual technologies and cutting-edge effects to delight audiences. Through the stunning setting of Monikie Park and the creative talents of the organisers, Dragon Matrix shows why Scotland truly is the perfect stage for cultural events.”
Kirsty Hunter, Chief Executive of ANGUSalive said, “Angus is about to come alive for Autumn as the legend of Dragon Matrix unfolds in this fantastical forest experience at Monikie Country Park throughout October. In what is the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design, we are excited about the opening of the event which showcases the digital and creative elements of this augmented reality theatre adventure. We are looking forward to welcoming those from near and far as they explore the spectacular installations around the woods and bring the talking magical creatures to life – make sure to book in advance for your chosen show as tickets are selling fast!”
Tickets can be purchased online at tickets.dragonmatrix.org.uk.
The Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday, 1pm-6pm and on Saturday, between 10am and 3pm. On performance nights, the Box Office hours will be extended, changing to Tuesday – Friday, 1pm-7.30-pm and on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6pm-7.30pm.
The main Woodland area and access to the North Pond at Monikie Country Park will be closed from 3 to 30 October. All other walks and trails, as well as access to all facilities are open as normal.
Further information is available at:
Website – dragonmatrix.org.uk
Facebook – facebook.com/VMDragonMatrix
Twitter – twitter.com/vmdragonmatrix
Instagram – instagram.com/dragonmatrix2016
NOTE TO EDITORS
ANGUSalive is Scotland’s newest culture, sport and leisure trust has been operating since December 2015. The trust offers residents and visitors to Angus a wealth of services which promote healthy, active and creative lifestyle choices using our sports centres, country parks, theatres and venues, museums, galleries, archives and libraries across the county. For more information visit: http://www.angusalive.scot/ or https://www.facebook.com/ANGUSalive.Scot/
EventScotland is working to make Scotland the perfect stage for events. By developing an exciting portfolio of sporting and cultural events EventScotland is helping to raise Scotland’s international profile and boost the economy by attracting more visitors. For further information about EventScotland, its funding programmes and latest event news visit www.EventScotland.org. Follow EventScotland on Twitter @EventScotNews. EventScotland is a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate, the national tourism organisation which markets Scotland as a tourism destination across the world, gives support to the tourism industry and brings sustainable tourism growth to Scotland. For more information about VisitScotland see www.visitscotland.org or for consumer information on Scotland as a visitor destination see www.visitscotland.com.
Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
- 2016 will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity.
- The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design started on 1 January 2016 and will run until 31 December 2016. It will build on the momentum generated by the 2015 Year of Food and Drink as well as previous years including Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Year of Creative and the Year of Natural.
- Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will showcase Scotland’s position as an “innovation nation”, its outstanding built heritage, and its thriving, internationally acclaimed fashion, textiles and design sector.
- The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, supported by partners including Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
- The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design events fund is managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate
The Space works with artists and arts organisations to create great art and reach new audiences through digital technologies and platforms. From learning and skills through to funding and commissioning, the organisation supports the best new and original talent. The Space was founded by the BBC and Arts Council, England.