The Shining Land

The Shining Land

Lead Organisation: Wildworks

Investment Priority: Community & Place

Fund: Cultural Events and Talent Programme

SPF awarded: £995,000.00

Location: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly wide

Wildworks is the UK’s leading landscape theatre company. From their base in Cornwall they make site-specific theatre with communities locally, nationally and internationally, reaching audiences and collaborators all over the globe.

Their new programme, ‘We Are Shining’, celebrates Cornwall’s long traditions of community engagement and large-scale outdoor performance.

We Are Shining is a year-long journey inspired by the journey of Pytheas, the Greek explorer. A sailor, merchant, scientist … and the first person to circumnavigate and document the British Isles in 320BC, gathering the stories of Belerion, ‘The Shining Land’, which we now call Cornwall.

What would an explorer find when arriving from the great blue beyond today?

How would we describe ourselves? Our history and myths, our character, our everydayness and our rarity? What do we value and who do we want to share it with?

With fantastic imagery, story, song, immersive experiences, fire and laughter, this programme will explore, collect and re-imagine what this ‘Shining Land’ means for us.


They have planned four distinct strands of activity involving a range of local and national partners;

  1. Hello Stranger: A comprehensive community engagement programme
  2. RE:WILD: A training programme that will equip individuals with new practical skills and tools. RE:WILD will also develop Cornwall’s internal networks, channels of communication and opportunities to collaborate, which are crucial if the creative sector is to thrive.
  3. Wildlings: A small-scale touring model of installations and performances
  4. Xenos: A Wildworks trademark large scale, free, multi day event across Cornwall that brings communities and visitors together for live and digital audiences.

Each activity will be fastened to places across the length and breadth of Cornwall weaving an intricate web of connectivity that touches both ‘honey pot’ and hidden communities.

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