Toledo and ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño celebrate Christmas with a multimedia show

December 18, 2018 | Events, Shows

The show will combine 3D projections, music and special effects with snow.

It will be projected on the city’s Puerta de Bisagra gate on 21 and 22 December at 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00 hours.

The show will be CO2-neutral and will be adapted for persons with disabilities and persons with impaired sight or hearing.

The City Hall of Toledo (Spain), with the assistance of ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD), will offer a multimedia show entitled ‘Toledo has a star – Cristi and the dream machine’, which will be projected on the city’s historic Puerta de Bisagra gate as one of the core elements of the city’s Christmas celebrations. The show is scheduled for 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00 hours on 21 and 22 December.

It is based on mapping, which combines large-scale projections with 3D effects, music composed specifically for the show, and special effects — such as snow — that will enhance viewers’ feeling of immersion.

The show, designed and produced by ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño, places special emphasis on accessibility and sustainability. There will specially reserved areas for persons with disabilities and the sight- and hearing-impaired. Like all shows produced by ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño, this one will be carbon-neutral; in other words, the related CO2 emissions will be calculated and offset through a clean energy project (Tuppadahalli Wind Energy), so that the final balance of emissions is zero.

This immersive audiovisual show deals with the dreams of Cristi, a young girl who will ‘experience’ situations related to the places she will visit when she is older and the experiences she will have. As the scenes unfold, the Puerta de Bisagra gate will be transformed into a range of settings: a building under construction; the gate of a zoo, with an elephant leaning out; a police station, from which Cristi departs in her police car; a ski jump ramp; and a Christmas market. The show concludes with a Christmas scene, as Cristi accompanies the three Magi on a walk through the streets of Toledo.

The display will use four 22,000 lumen projectors, and 32,000 watts of sound distributed in 6 towers, to create a three-dimensional, surround-sound effect.

This is the second consecutive year in which Toledo celebrates Christmas with a large-scale audiovisual production from APD. Last year residents and visitors enjoyed The Magic Toy Shop, which ran for just one night; this year, the city decided to extend the show to two nights.

Projects such as this are part of what ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño calls “Cultural Engineering”, a concept consisting of using cutting-edge visual and sensory technology to convey the history, traditions and values of a city or location so as to enhance its appeal for tourists.