When: 4th & 5th November 2016
Where: Across Lancaster
What is it?
This year’s Light up Lancaster event will take place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November, with a range of cultural events across the city.
The annual festival will see visitors take to the streets after-dark, for a magical city-wide experience and illuminating art trail, which will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display.
The after-dark light-art trail will shine a new light on the city’s familiar places, with massive projections, artworks and installations illuminating handsome historic buildings, squares, parks and monuments.
This year, Illuminos will invite spectators to crack the code to Lock and Key, which explores the 2,000 year history of Lancaster Castle. This interactive commission invites audiences to work together, to play back a musical phrase on giant tubular bells and unlock the projection; think big portcullises raising and lever locks clicking into place.
Other highlights will include the Tree of Light, a beautiful steel tree of Chinese lanterns, and Urban Lights Contacts, in which spectators’ bodies are transformed into musical instruments. In addition, On the Edge of a Rising Tide, will see a skeletal crew on illuminated bicycles, ride through the autumn darkness.
In a surprise location, thousands of balloons for Steve Messam’s county-wide commission, will rise in a tide of red; a twist on the familiar county emblem, the Lancashire Red Rose.
Visitors to Lancaster during the Saturday daytime will be able to enjoy a host of family activities, from walks and workshops, to tours of the castle and lantern making. Then, on Saturday evening, visitors will be able to watch the Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular, with an array of fireworks launched from the top of Lancaster Castle.
The festival is now in its fourth year and is hosted by Lancaster Arts City, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster BID. This year’s Light Up Lancaster has been kindly funded and supported by Arts Council England, University of Cumbria, The Duchy of Lancaster, Canal and Rivers Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund, Confucius Institute of Lancaster University, Marketing Lancashire, Lancashire Encounter, Aldcliffe Road Triangle, Lancaster and Morecambe College, Storm Consultancy, Better with Jam, Morecambe and Lancaster Lions and BBC Radio Lancashire.