Lincoln’s Frequency Festival to Feature Premiere of Empire Soldiers VR

Taking place later this month is Lincoln’s digital culture festival Frequency, bringing ten days of art installations, events, films, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences. And part of the lineup will include the premiere of Empire Soldiers, an immersive film by Metro-Boulot-Dodo.

Empire Soldiers transports viewers back in time to 1918 alongside soldiers returning from the front line, blending performance and technology where they be able to hear stories of the battlefield directly from the forgotten Caribbean soldiers of World War 1 themselves and sharing their emotional experiences of the return home.

Visitors to the festival will be able to experience Empire Soldiers through VR headsets located at City Square or book tickets for the full performance experience on the 25th and 26th October at Lincoln Drill Hall.

WHIST 14 Photo by Paul Plews (1)
WHIST – Photo credit: Paul Plews

Then there’s WHIST by AΦEa new form of theatre combing an art installation with virtual and augmented reality. Inspired by the works of Sigmund Freud, audiences experience the story from one of 76 different perspectives in an environment that aims to blur the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

“Frequency Festival brings a dynamic and innovative element to Lincoln’s annual event programme and a big boost to the visitor economy,” said Lydia Rusling, Head of Visit Lincoln, in a statement. “This spectacular, world-class festival shows how different industries and talents across art, culture and digital technologies can work together. Its diverse programme will appeal to many different people including families looking for things to do during autumn half term and traditional visitors, while local residents can all experience our city in a different light! It’s a privilege for Lincoln to host”.

Frequency 2017, the fourth biennial edition of Lincoln’s digital culture festival, runs from 20th – 29th October 2017. For further info booking some of the experience head to the official website.

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