Friday, 15 November 2013

Create Christmas Victoria and Light Switch on.

London Victoria hosts 90ft high outdoor Christmas photography exhibition in aid of youth charity The Prince’s Trust

The #CreateChristmas Exhibition will capture Londoners’ favourite festive moments in a giant three day light projection

This November will see the arrival of a festive photography exhibition projected onto the side of a 10 storey building to celebrate and showcase how Londoners ‘Create Christmas’. Launching on Thursday 21st November, the large-scale projections will take over a façade of Victoria’s Cardinal Place, equivalent to the height of seven double decker buses, as part of a free three-night entertainment showcase. The launch coincides with the annual Victoria lights switch-on, funded by Victoria Business Improvement District, which illuminates Victoria Street from the station to Buckingham Gate.

Time Out London’s Chief Photographer, Rob Grieg will curate a selection of photos, submitted by the public in the #CreateChristmas photo competition, that best show a sense of the beauty and magic of the Capital at Christmas.  Create Victoria will host the exhibition on the Cardinal Place roof garden, just moments from Victoria Street, using a selection of photos submitted by the public to the photo competition.

For a chance to be featured in the exhibition, people are asked to submit a photo via with a caption of how it captures the essence of creating Christmas in London. Whether it is a favourite landmark, a must-do seasonal shop or iconic festive fare, #CreateChristmas wants to know what Christmas in London really means to people**.
Each of the best selected photographs will be projected for 20 seconds from 5.30–7.30pm daily on Thursday 21st November, Friday 22nd November and Saturday 23rd November. For each photo that makes it into the final exhibition, Create Victoria will donate £1 to The Prince’s Trust as part of its Christmas appeal. The youth charity helps disadvantaged young people across the UK to turn their lives around and find a job The public can also support the charity by donating via text, to donate £3 text TRUST VICTORIA to 70555* 
*Ts&C’s: Text costs £3.00 plus network charge. Prince's Trust receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Customer care 0844 847 9800. Charity No 1079675).
**Entrants will be notified if lucky enough to be featured within the three day exhibition.

Curator and judge, Rob Grieg, will choose the top ten photos to be displayed in a temporary exhibition in Victoria. In addition, the winning photographer will win £500 worth of photography equipment and have their photo printed in the Spring Edition of the Victoria newspaper, read by over 400,000 Londoners.

Visitors to the #CreateChristmas exhibition at Cardinal Place in Victoria can enjoy a host of live performances on stage, including the London Ballet Company and popular children’s hit, The Gruffalo performing with The Snail & The Whale, as well as a Christmas food market. Also joining the celebrations is former leading lady of the award winning ‘Wicked the Musical’, Louise Dearman, who will be singing songs from her new album. Guests can also enjoy festive treats, including Mulled Sangria and mince pies.
 Visit for further details of performance times and how to enter.

Open for shopping seven days a week, with high street favourites including Topshop, Zara and Hobbs, plus beauty must-haves L’Occitane and Space NK, Cardinal Place has everything you need for a spot of Christmas shopping. Throughout the exhibition many shops will be opening late and hosting special offers and instore activities, plus visitors can enjoy dinner until late at restaurants including Wagamama, Zizzi and La Tasca.

Each night’s proceedings will be hosted by entertainment presenter, Lisa Vickery, commencing at 5.30pm until 7.30pm, on the roof garden at Cardinal Place.

Thursday 21st Nov
·         Christmas Market (Ground Floor Cardinal Place)
·         #createchristmas photography exhibition projection
·         Official Christmas light switch on -
 girl band ‘Mutya Keisha Siobhan’ (MKS), made up of the founding Sugababes members, will launch a festive photography exhibition projected onto the side of a 10 storey building to celebrate and showcase how Londoners #CreateChristmas.  To kick off proceedings the critically acclaimed girl band will officially switch-on Victoria’s lights, illuminating Victoria Street from the station to Buckingham Gate. As Victoria lights up MKS’ festive photo will be projected onto the façade of Victoria’s Cardinal Place, equivalent to the height of seven double decker buses, to mark the start of the exhibition.  MKS, who reformed as a group in 2012, will perform their debut single ‘Flatline’ alongside songs from their new album, plus an old favourite. Cited by critics as “a triumphant comeback of one of Britain’s finest pop groups” MKS’ performance promises to bring sensational vocals and festivity to Victoria. 

·         London Ballet Company performance

Friday 22nd November
·         #createchristmas photography exhibition projection
·         Passionata Opera performance
·         Louise Dearman performance

Saturday 23rd November
·         #createchristmas photography exhibition projection
·         The Gruffalo & Snail & Whale Cast interactive family show
·         London Violin School performance
The event is free to attend but numbers are limited to the roof garden event space.

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About The Prince’s Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day.

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