There will be spectacular and surprising sights everywhere you turn when Light Up Lancaster illuminates the city from November 4-5.
Turning Points is the theme of this two-day free family-friendly festival where innovative and imaginative light art can be found on Lancaster’s city centre streets, squares and historic buildings, finishing with a fantastic fireworks display.
Light Up Lancaster locations include the Priory, the Judges’ Lodgings, St Nicholas Arcades, The Herbarium, The Cornerstone and The Storey. Outdoor venues featured will be the Castle, Market, Dalton and Sun Squares, the Storey Gardens, New Street and Upper Church Street/Castle Hill. All events are within walking distance of each other and are completely free.
New locations this year are Kanteena which will stage a Light Art Jam and St John’s Church which hosts hundreds of illuminated butterflies.
All the light installations can be viewed from 5-10pm on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, 5-7pm(Castle area venues) and 5-7.30pm(other venues).
Light Up Lancaster, which first took place ten years ago, is organised by Lancaster City Council, Lancaster BID and The Dukes. It is funded by Arts Council England, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster BID.
“One of Lancaster BID’s pillars in its ‘Five Years, Five Goals’ Business Plan is to help generate footfall to the city from locals and visitors alike,” said BID manager, Tony Johnson.
“By supporting Light Up Lancaster every year we aim to encourage people to come and enjoy the festival and also to explore the wider city during the day and evening.”
The Dukes chief executive, Karen O’Neill, added: “ The Dukes is once again excited to be part of the team creating Light Up Lancaster this year.”
“This is a unique and exciting event that brings our city to life after dark with extraordinary artworks using light, tech and creativity to entertain and inspire. With a mixture of international, national and local artists featured, Light Up Lancaster is not to be missed!”
Weather permitting, the spectacular fireworks finale will be launched near Lancaster Castle on the Saturday at 8pm.
Wristbands are required for the fireworks official viewing areas at Giant Axe and Quay Meadow but if you haven’t been able to order any online, the display can still be enjoyed from various vantage points across the city – if you can see the castle, you can see the fireworks!
Coun Sandra Thornberry, cabinet member for arts and culture said:”Light Up Lancaster has become a well-loved tradition in the city, bringing communities together to enjoy two nights packed full of excitement with the thrilling finale of the firework display.
“With everyone facing the current cost of living crisis, we appreciate more than ever how important it is for people to be able to enjoy free events such as this.
“Thanks go to everyone involved in planning, delivering and supporting this event. I am sure it will be more fabulous than ever this year.”
Information on all the artworks is now available at https://www.lightuplancaster.co.uk/whats-on
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