Bristol Light Festival reveal first four installations for 2023

Bristol Light Festival reveal first four installations for 2023

Posted on: 09 Dec 2022

Returning in February, the innovative multi-location festival will once more showcase world premier light works throughout the streets of central Bristol.


Bristol Light Festival 2023 will take place between Friday 3 and Sunday 12 February.


Today, Bristol Light Festival have announced its first four installations for the upcoming festival with artists Morag Myerscough, Davy and Kristin McGuire and Illumaphonium all featuring and plenty more still to be announced.


Find out more about the festival here.



The 2023 edition of the popular festival will feature a brand new, bespoke commission from internationally acclaimed artist Morag Myerscough. Her strong visual approach to her work is instantly recognisable thanks to a fascination with ‘belonging’ and how colour, pattern and words can affect urban environments.


Myerscough’s brightly coloured, brave and eye-catching pieces have been displayed all over the world and her brand-new artwork for Bristol Light Festival (details of which will be announced as it takes place) is sure to make the artist a massive coup.


Another installation will be Davy and Kristen McGuire’s ‘Ophelia’, a show-stopping light piece that will create a life-size hologram of Shakespeare’s tragic character. The installation will pay tribute to Millais’ famous painting of the drowning heroine, recreating the scene with vibrant colour, gentle movement, air bubbles and fish.


Set to the backdrop of the beautiful St Mary Redcliffe Church, festival visitors will be able to enter the historic site after to dark to view the emotive and mesmerising ‘Ophelia’.

From artistic duo Illumaphonium, ‘Halo’ will bring a sense of fun and playfulness to next year’s festival. A dynamic and interactive installation that lights up and plays music in response to touch, a series of towers feature illuminated halos that visitors can interact with for a sensory experience.


Illumaphonium specialises in large-scale interactive installations transforming public spaces into worlds of music and discovery for visitors of all ages.


The final installation announced today is ‘Swing Song’; a central component of last year’s festival, it will return once again in 2023 bringing a sense of childhood playfulness to the event.


Perfect for families, ‘Swing Song’ transports visitors to the playground, swinging them back and forth on the light-up, musical swings. Music and light will be triggered by swinging and playing together in sync thanks to cutting-edge technology – the perfect way to have fun in the city.

Bristol Light Festival 2023 will take place between Friday 3 and Sunday 12 February, head to the festival website to find out more and to keep abreast of future installation announcements.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.