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LumiDogs and LightCycles

As a dog lover, a cyclist and a huge fan of Blackpool Illuminations, I was intrigued to find out more about LeftCoast’s latest community participation projects: LumiDogs and LightCycles.

To complement this year’s Illuminations, LeftCoast are offering the fantastic opportunity to attend free artist-led workshops to customise your bike with lights and reflectors, allowing you to create an illuminated bike that is worthy of appearing in the Illuminations. Everyone who attends the workshops will also be invited back on Tuesday 26 August to form an en-masse LightCycles group that will be the shining star of the Ride the Lights event, and to be entered into a competition for the best decorated bike to get the chance to win bicycle-themed prizes.

If two wheels aren’t your thing, LeftCoast are also inviting dog owners to get involved by bringing their pet pooch to their special LumiDogs workshops. This is a unique opportunity for residents to put their star pet centre stage and explore their creativity, and a chance to illuminate your dog in free workshops with professional artists.

These phosphorescent pooches will then take part in an Illuminated Doggie Fashion Parade on the promenade in September, and will have the chance to be crowned LumiDogs Champion 2014 in a special ceremony on the night.

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of LeftCoast, said: “We want to give people the opportunity to actually take part in the Illuminations rather than just see them from out of the car window. We know that there is an abundance of cyclists and dog owners in the area so this seemed like the perfect match – it’s barking, but brilliant.”

Participants at both LightCycles and LumiDogs workshops will work alongside professional artists to decorate their bicycles and dogs with lights. The free workshops will run during July, August and September and all materials are provided.

For more information or for details of workshop times and locations visit the LeftCoast website or call 01253 477973.

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