Organisers confirm return of Bristol Light Festival in 2022

Organisers confirm return of Bristol Light Festival in 2022

Posted on: 13 Jan 2022

The innovative festival will be setting up in central Bristol once more after a well-received 2020 debut.


The Bristol Light Festival will be making a comeback in 2022, with details of its second-ever edition set to be revealed in the coming weeks.


Launched in 2020, the event sees light displays put up in locations across the city centre to form an expansive exhibition, designed to brighten up spaces and encourage locals and visitors to explore works of art during what tends to be a gloomy time of year.


The first-ever Bristol Light Festival, which opened in late February 2020 and was unable to go ahead last year due to coronavirus restrictions, featured installations on College Green, Queen Square and Castle Bridge, as well as Park Street, The Arnolfini and more.



Set to become the second entry in a three-part event series, this year's Light Festival will once again be coordinated by Creative Directors Katherine Jewkes and Vashti Waite, who have been tasked with developing it into an internationally-recognised exhibition.


The event will be taking place from Tuesday 1 to Sunday 6 March.


Speaking during the first Light Festival in 2020, Jewkes said: "We have curated a group of fantastic local and international artists who all embody the playful and creative spirit of the city.


“We're 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.”


The festival is organised by the Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID), in collaboration with Bristol City Council and the University of the West of England.

Bristol Light Festival was a hit upon its launch in 2020.

While details of the 2022 Light Festival are yet to be revealed, attendees can expect an array of eye-catching light installations designed and constructed by artists and creatives from across Bristol and beyond.


The inaugural edition saw French artist Oliver Ratsi bring his 'Frame Perspective' to Millenium Square (pictured above), while a selection of Bristol-based graffiti artists were commissioned to breathe new life into one of the city's most well-known Banksy pieces.


For more information on the 2022 Bristol Light Festival, or to follow news and updates from the organisers as more details emerge, head to the festival's website or find the team on Instagram.

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