A spectacular live performance, called Fireflight, will take place on Thursday 23rd November to celebrate the launch of Sunderland’s brand new arts hub, The Fire Station.

The free performance will be delivered by internationally-acclaimed outdoor theatre company Periplum, who were co-commissioned by The Cultural Spring and Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust. The event includes an ambitious participatory programme delivered by partners – Live Theatre, Dance City and Sunderland Music Education Hub – who have worked alongside Periplum.


The flame of the Lambton Dragon lives on with a local Lighthouse keeper; burning brightly across Wearside for 25 years until it explodes brightly into the sky. The flame journeys across Sunderland’s landscape, passing from generation to generation through the city’s past, present and shining a light on a bright future.

This family friendly outdoor event combines music, theatre, dance, aerial performance and fire to celebrate the beginning of Sunderland’s new cultural quarter.


Fireflight is SOLD OUT.

Ticket holders are asked to be on site by 5.45pm at the latest, the show starts at 6pm and lasts for 30mins.

If you don’t have a ticket for Fireflight you can still join us at 6.45pm at the front of The Fire Station for the Fire Finale which is not ticketed and open to all, including attendees of The Light Switch On. The Fire Finale will be a beautiful pyrotechnic display at the front of the Fire Station with a dance performance led by Dance City.

Visit the FireFlight Facebook event.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please check out our FAQs document which includes all the information you need to enjoy the evening.

Want to be involved in Fireflight?

It’s not too late to be a part of the Fireflight performance. We still need singers to join our Fireflight Choir – contact us if you’d like to be involved.

For more information, please email Michael Barrass or call 0191 427 8197.

Main image: 7 Alleys by Periplum for Land of Green Ginger, Hull City of Culture 2017 (c) Anete Sooda Photography