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Illumini presents 'Dickensian Hauntings'

Illumini last free event attracted over 9,000 visitors. They’re back again with more secret subterranean explorations of the city. Illumini will take you on a journey of Victorian hauntings, explore the dark side of a city long forgotten, take torch light tours beneath the haunted streets of the city.

To celebrate Charles Dickens’ 200th Anniversary, Illumini will take you back to a Victorian London. The Victorians excelled at telling ghost stories. In an age of rapid scientific progress, the idea of a dark past and terror that is able to reach out and violate the present fascinated them. Like many Victorians, Dickens was fascinated by ghosts and death, haunted by the supernatural, fairies
and telepathic encounters, occult religions and the idea of reincarnation.

Illumini Event 2012 will be held in an underground location in London. The old rustic subterranean dark labyrinth, with its many rooms, alleyways and cells will be transformed by over 50 artists, prop makers and performers, with Illuminating art, props and historical information, re-creating the secrets of a Victorian London. Click here to view full list of artists and their galleries.

Visit the Dickensian wardrobe, try on the fashions of the times, or discover the drugs and poisons at the Victorian pharmacy. Discover the long-forgotten hidden secrets of your city. What tube stations do you use – are they haunted? What about your local pub – any spirits of the supernatural kind?

The event will start with a grand opening night with free entertainment; where everyone is welcome. Live acts: stilt walkers, light shows, magicians, illuminating dancers, tarot reading; travel back in time with historical costumed performers, and much more. During the event there will be free talks, performances and evenings of ghost stories by a number of special guests: authors, historians, paranormal experts, performers and museum specialists. In addition there will be guided subterranean tours about the secrets hidden beneath London, from the grand entrance of the Brunel Thames tunnel to haunted cellars and crypts. Click here to view programme of events.

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