Delivering our first performance drone show in the UK for the Great Exhibition of the North's Opening Spectacular.

— Client

Great Exhibition of the North

— Location



SKYMAGIC were invited to design and deliver a bespoke performance drone show capping the Great Exhibition of the North’s Opening Spectacular.

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The mesmerising show, which featured 100 SKYMAGIC performance drones – each equipped with colour-changing LEDs – was developed around a track written and produced by electronic duo Darkstar. It explored the notion of home and what we perceive as home. SKYMAGIC’s choreography was designed to spark a sense of pride by drawing on the region’s rich heritage and celebrating its exciting future.

The North Star – a beacon that guides us home but also leads people on their own journeys into the future – was a key motif within a series of large tableaux. Through this metaphor, the show honoured the past, celebrated the present and shined a light on the dawn of a new generation that is proud to call the North their home.

“With roots in the north of England, we are very proud to be part of the Great Exhibition of the North,” says Director Patrick O’Mahony. “As one of only a few companies in the world with the resource, expertise and vision to deliver performance drones, we were delighted to have the opportunity to perform on home turf. Autonomously flown, swarm drone performances add a unique element to events, leaving audiences amazed, inspired and with lasting memories.”

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