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City of Oxford College students shine bright at the Oxford Christmas Light Festival

19 November 2018

City of Oxford College performing arts students got creative at the Oxford Christmas Light Festival this weekend with a variety of captivating performances. 

The annual festive celebration welcomed thousands of locals and visitors to over 100 events in central Oxford between the 16-18 November.  

As an official event partner, Activate Learning’s City of Oxford College students got the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and passion for drama in celebration of the three-day festival. 

A large crowd turned out for the array of live street and on-stage performances across the city by musicians, dancers, actors and choirs.  

And within the heart of the Oxford Castle Quarter on Friday (16/11) a crowd came out to watch as our students performed Hunt for the Red Queen, a farcical tale of theft and mistaken identity with a happy ending. 

Claire Nelson, a Performing Arts (drama) teacher at City of Oxford College, said: “It was a fantastic weekend of events and I’m enormously proud of everyone that was involved.  

“This was a brilliant opportunity for the students to get a chance to showcase their talents and they all did really well.  

“It was fantastic to see everything they’ve been taught in the classroom and all the hard work that went into rehearsals coming to fruition.” 

Dance students also performed, with a live show at the Westgate Oxford on Saturday on the Saturday.  

Over the three-day festival people were invited to discover the best of Oxford, with many of its iconic buildings open to the public and free activities to be enjoyed across the city.  

Outdoor exhibitions and Christmas markets with craft and street food stalls were also available to explore in central Oxford. 

This year's festive theme at Oxford Christmas Light Festival was ‘Undiscovered Oxford’, with vibrant sound and light installations illuminating streets and buildings.  

The event began with a lantern parade winding through the city centre, showcasing the creativity of the city and its people.