A nine-metre-long robot snail called Luma helps bring Lincoln to life

Every two years, the medieval streets of the heritage city of Lincoln are transformed into a hub for digital arts – and this October will once again see quirky and innovative displays light-up the city.

Marking its 10th anniversary, the four-day Frequency Festival of Digital Culture returns 28 to 31 October, bringing Lincoln to life in creative ways as digital, electronic and hybrid art springing up across the city.

Among the stars for 2021 will be Luma, a 9m long inflatable robot snail, and Digital Atmosphere, which will pick up changes in air quality in the surrounding environment and make it visible through a VR headset.

Frequency, an international festival of digital creativity, has been a highlight in Lincoln’s cultural calendar since its first event in 2011.

This year’s festival is slightly different, with events mainly taking place outdoors and online, but organisers are still promising four days packed with innovative arts and digital performances.

For its anniversary event, Frequency is celebrating the idea of ‘connection’, animating public spaces across the city with exhibitions, talks, workshops and live performances by artists exhibiting across the UK and beyond.

Committed to creative innovation and finding new ways for audiences and artists to connect through art, it will offer a platform for artists and audiences alike to examine, contemplate and playfully think about communication and connection.

Luma, the inflatable snail created by Air Giants, aims to show a new possible future for robotics, while 5000 miles, an immersive 360-degree audio experience, offers the chance to travel the world without ever leaving Lincoln.

And at a time when pollution and air quality is a top topic, Digital Atmosphere – a mixed reality sculpture using cutting-edge technology inspired by investigations into early air pollution devices – reveals what we’re breathing-in, through an evocative audio-visual simulation visible only via a VR headset.

All of the artworks will be located throughout central Lincoln, including St Marks Garden, Cornhill and Lower High Street from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 October, 12pm-8pm.

To find out more visit www.frequency.org.uk.

For general information about visiting Lincolnshire, see www.visitlincolnshire.com.

Photo: Luma by Air Giants credit Paul Blakemore