A brand-new light festival is launching in Bristol next month

A brand-new light festival is launching in Bristol next month

Posted on: 16 Jan 2020

The brand-new Bristol Light Festival is set to brighten up the city’s gloomy winter days. 


From Friday 28 February until Sunday 1 March, the Bristol Light Festival will see both renowned international light artists and local talent showcase their work across Bristol.


Creating a vibrant trail, the artists’ work will be displayed across six different locations in the city centre every day, between 17:00 and 23:00.


From well-trodden paths to unexpected locations, the first Bristol Light Festival will bring brand-new installations to the likes of College Green, Queen Square and Castle Bridge.


While some light installations will be visiting Bristol for the first time, others have been created exclusively for the festival.


UWE graduate Tine Bech’s playful installation, Pink Enchantment, is one of the light installations that will be visiting Bristol for the first time.


An interactive work, Pink Enchantment will immerse those walking across Castle Bridge in an ethereal pink fog.


On Queen Square, a collection of eight giant, illuminated see saws will create a light playground for children and adults alike.


As the seesaws are played with, they burst into sound and light, becoming more animated as people join in. The installation originates from Canada.  


The first of a three-year series, the festival is being curated and produced by Bristol-based creative directors, Katherine Jewkes and Vashti Waite.


Speaking about the festival, Katherine said: “For the first edition of Bristol Light Festival, we have curated a group of fantastic local and international artists who all embody the playful and creative spirit of the city.”


“We are excited to be working alongside the rich and varied talents of Bristol’s unique cultural sector and city centre businesses to create a new Light Festival for the people of Bristol both this year and building across the three-year series.”


Brought to Bristol by the by Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with Bristol City Council and The University of the West of England, Bristol Light Festival encourages people to explore the city centre.

The announcement follows Submergence, an interactive light installation which appeared on Bristol's Millennium Square over the Christmas period. 

Submergence, December 2019

With more installations yet to be announced, updates can be found on the Bristol Light Festival website. 

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Kate Hutchison


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