Opening of the exhibition “Enchanted Voyages” by MinaLima


Enchanted Voyages: Adventures in Storytelling — a theatrical experience of classic children’s fairy tales by Studio MinaLima – opens at Moat Brae

Moat Brae, Scottish National Center for Children’s Literature and Tale, in Dumfries, South West Scotland, has reopened to feature a brand new exhibition of beloved children’s stories featuring award-winning artwork from MinaLima Classics series of books.

Enchanted Journeys: Adventures in Storytelling, created by Studio MinaLima, the designers of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films, breathes new life into some of children’s most beloved tales, bringing them to life in unique ways with a truly immersive experience for the whole family. The project was led by Studio MinaLima experiential designers Robin Stapley and Eddie Newquist, who have a rich history of creating successful experiences for the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios as well as museums and cultural, public and commercial spaces. remarkable around the world.

Stories from the exhibit include: Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; The little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum; Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi; and Peter Pan by JM Barrie.

Visitors to Moat Brae are invited into the captivating worlds of these ageless tales, brilliantly reimagined by Studio MinaLima, to rediscover the beauty and originality of the beloved stories and characters, and experience the unique elements of Moat Brae’s personal journey. each character.

Guests are greeted by the dynamic colors and characterizations that characterize the work of Studio MinaLima, and are drawn into a sensory extravaganza of sights and sounds. Entering an enchanted world, they are invited to take a seat at Carroll’s Mad Hatter tea party; walk along the yellow brick road from Baum; bring Collodi’s Pinocchio to life by pulling the strings of the puppet; manifest as a sea-person like the Little Mermaid in Andersen’s fairy tale; and find Tinkerbell in the Darling house and listen to his magic bells.

Robin Staley and Eddie Newquistthe creative heads of Studio MinaLima, said: “We are thrilled to bring these classic stories to life in a uniquely interactive way with our partners at Moat Brae. This one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life experience will captivate, entertain and educate families – children and adults alike!”

Each element of Studio MinaLima’s Enchanted Voyages exhibit is designed to invite visitors to step into the scene and relive each classic story, creating a truly memorable family experience.

Miraphore Mina and Eduardo Limathe creative founders of MinaLima, said: “Our first foray into illustrating classic children’s tales was the captivating world of Peter Pan – we’ve since reimagined eight other fairy tale lands – so it’s only fitting that we create our first interactive exhibit at Moat Brae, the house of children’s stories.

Joanna Lumley, Patron of the Moat Brae Trust, said: “Having a brand new exhibition from the inimitable Studio MinaLima at Moat Brae this summer is an absolute dream come true. What it offers book lovers, young and old, from here and abroad, is the opportunity to explore these classics of children’s literature in a very unique and truly exhilarating way and to create precious memories that will stand the test of time, just like the stories themselves have.

Brae Ditch will be open during the summer holidays for a family friendly day with storytelling sessions and workshops every day, Neverland Discovery Gardencafe and gift shop, as well as the Enchanted Voyages: Adventures in Storytelling exposure.

life imitates art

Authors like Andersen, Barrie, Carroll, Baum and Collodi invited young readers to accompany the heroes of their timeless stories, teaching them life lessons and exploring universal and all-ages topics as they go. But while most readers are familiar with such unforgettable characters as Alice, the Little Mermaid, Dorothy, Pinocchio and Peter Pan, many – young and old – don’t know the stories of the authors behind these literary classics, which are often just as dramatic. like the worlds they created in print.

Did you know, for example, that Baum wrote a total of 55 novels, 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of screenplays and many miscellaneous writings? Still, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was his biggest hit. Or that Carroll invented the Nyctograph, a device that allowed him to write down ideas in the dark at night, which he thought could also be used by blind people? Did you know that the word Pinocchio means “pine eye” from the Italian pino and occhio? That Andersen suffered from dyslexia and had trouble with spelling? Or that in 1932 Peter met Alice, when at an Alice in Wonderland exhibition Alice Liddell, who inspired Alice in Wonderland, met Peter Llewelyn Davies, one of the children who inspired Peter Pan ?

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