Museums at Night 2012: 30-metre glowstick chimney lights up Toffee Factory for Late Shows

| 15 May 2012
A photo of a chimney shooting towards a night sky showing the words the late shows
Toffee and glowsticks for Museums at Night in Newcastle and Gateshead
© Craig Connor, North News & Pictures Ltd
Museums at Night 2012: Toffee Factory, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, May 18-19 2012

When The Late Shows promise to light up Newcastle and Gateshead, it’s no empty claim.

Visitors wear glowsticks around their necks, the emblem of the campaign which forms the letters of its logo and illuminates buildings while colourful buses cart everyone around the quirky art spaces and superb museums decorating the city streets.

A photo of a woman standing over a balcony holding a laptop looking at an outdoor chimney at night
Toffee Factory Centre Manager Lisa Tolan test lights the chimney© Craig Connor, North News & Pictures Ltd
No matter how eye-catching the competition, the 30-metre high chimney of creative complex the Toffee Factory will undoubtedly be the most prominent glowstick on show this year.

“The Factory has amazing lighting and looks stunning at night,” says Manager Lisa Tolan, testing this skyhigh shiner via her laptop as part of the build-up to a weekend of absorbing entertainment on Tyneside.

“What better way to raise awareness of the Shows than by turning our chimney into a glowstick?”

It’s more than a landmark lit to amazing effect. A vintage tea party is being thrown inside, as well as hourly tours explaining the redevelopment of the imposing building, which has already won architectural awards after opening in December.

“This year we have more venues taking part than ever before,” says Bill Griffiths, the leader of the Shows.

“This is the first time that our logo has been projected onto a building on such a large scale. I’m sure that it will attract many visitors to a very exciting event.”

The Factory was originally built by the council 148 years ago, going on to become a confectionary churn in 1895 before falling into gradual disrepair after the business stopped in the mid-1960s.

Lady Koo and her Kooky Kitchen – a joyful five-piece who gleefully return to the sounds of the 1930s – will also have everyone waltzing and foxtrotting their way to a jaunty weekend by the Quayside.

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