Dark wood event branches out to help trees charity

Dragon Matrix
Dragon Matrix

An autumnal evening event, which takes place within the dark woods of Monikie Country Park, will raise funds for a national tree charity while enthralling visitors with its high-tech adventure show.

Organisers of Dragon Matrix, the Augmented Reality (AR) light show coming to Angus later this year, will plough five per cent of their profits into ‘Trees for Life’.

The charity aims to expand and link the ancient pinewoods of the Caledonian Forest, one of Scotland’s most important forest ecosystems which provides a home for some spectacular wildlife.

Symon Macintyre, artistic director, Vision Mechanics, said: “We are delighted to be giving back to the woodlands of Scotland which create such stunning backdrops for many of our events and particularly Dragon Matrix.

“On a wider level, all of Vision Mechanics’ activities have a strong ecological message. In the case of Dragon Matrix, the story which runs through it is all about protecting endangered species and their habitats, through the work of the Dragon Protection League, so it sits nicely with the charity’s aims.”

The theatrical, mystical spectacular will see visitors embark on a quest to track six dragon stones, stolen from the Museum of Dragons, a brand new fantastical installation located in the woods of Monikie from Wednesday 5 until Monday, October 31 (except October 10, 17 and 2).

The show will incorporate cutting-edge Augmented Reality technologies alongside more traditional, theatrical treats. By downloading the Dragon Matrix App in advance, visitors can chance their luck on the Path of Spiders, see flying fairies, sneaky spiders and terrible trolls.

Steve Micklewright, chief executive officer, Trees for Life, said: “Trees for Life is delighted that it will receive donations to restore the Caledonian Forest as a result of Dragon Matrix. Scotland would once have been covered in forest and now it is one of the least wooded countries in Europe. The donation will help to increase the amount of forest we have in Scotland. Dragon Matrix focuses on the wildlife that depends on the forest and we hope the message that forests are a vital home for many types of creature will help people to care for them both at Monikie Park and throughout the world.”

Tickets are on sale via www.ticketsource.co.uk/angusalive or the Webster Memorial Theatre in Arbroath.

‘Dragon Matrix’ is supported by EventScotland, part of the VisitScotland Events Directorate, and Angus Council. For the first time, the event is also supported by The Space, which works with artists and arts organisations to create great art and reach new audiences using digital technologies and platforms.