The first Shimmer took place on 5th/6th November 2011 and was a huge success! At least 6,500 people passed through the site, providing an extra dimension to the traditional Whitley Bay Links fireworks display. This new site specific projection and lighting event produced by North Tyneside Council comprised of a programme of specially commissioned works to reflect and celebrate the themes, traditions and timelessness of this beloved seaside location. Plans are being made for a follow up event in 2012 - find out more here




The highlight of the event was Diversión, a spectacular projection onto the front of the iconic Spanish City Dome. Activities extended on to the beach where new commissions from Colin Priest and Arcus Studios added fun, intrigue and atmosphere. Community involvement with Infinite Arts and Gavin Lockhart saw residents of all ages participate in the production of new work to reflect their experience of the seafront. North Tyneside Youth Circus premiered their new fire show and work by John Kefala-Kerr was revived in a seafront shelter.


beach view


Scroll down the page to see images from the event and links to information pages on each of the works.


If you saw Shimmer - tell us what you think here


"Wonderful, exciting, changing our experience of a familiar place. Inspiring people, fun and funny, encouraging community. Loved being so close to the making of it"


diversion projection


Diversiónby NOVAK Collective


"I thought this was absolutely beautiful. I loved it. It was magical and I could not believe how accurately the projections matched up with the shape of the building. It was incredible and I was astounded by it. The choice of music added great atmosphere. It made me so proud to live in Whitley Bay."


flash fog


Flash Fog by Colin Priest


"My 5 year old especially enjoyed the atmospheric 'Flash Fog'. We all really loved 'Diversion' too (especially my 65 yr old mother) and my 10 year old daughter thought '5 o'clock shadow' was great too. Something for everyone and all ages!"


5 o'clock shadow


5 O'clock Shadow by Arcus Studios


"We found Shimmer utterly enchanting. The images and animations chosen evoked a sense of time and place, giving new life and a reminder of a vibrant past. The atmosphere on the prom last night was lovely and it was great to see people out enjoying the event. The beauty of the location was only enhanced by the art."


motion pictures


Motion Picturesby Infinite Arts


"It was brilliant! The whole 'thing' was fantastic and the whole area was buzzing with excitement. Thank you!"




Promenadeby Gavin Lockhart


"I think Diversion was wonderful and the Shimmer Festival brill. Also think it's great how you got local schools and children involved."


 “Thank you so much, a wonderful experience, exactly the way our Council should be moving with Whitley Bay, family friendly AND ground breaking. Keep up the good work!”


8 bells


Eight Bells by John Kefala-Kerr


“We went to see all of this yesterday and it was absolutely brilliant! The Diversion projection was stunning, so beautiful it brought the building to life and was like magic. The NTY Circus were excellent I was so impressed. I loved the projection onto the beach and the fog and lights installation was fun too. I sat and listened to some very strange music by the beach too. All in all a fabulous event, and I was proud to live here and walk to such brilliant entertainment.”




Drop it like it's Hot by North Tyneside Youth Circus


"Great to see young people displaying such talent and bravery. Great fire show."



To see how shimmer was arranged on siteclick here



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