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  • Lift Off

    Lancaster Castle

    Lift Off is Lancaster’s entry into the space race!  It’s July 1969. The stage is set, the launch pad is ready, Engines are primed, The Space craft points to the sky, The Astronauts are strapped into their seats & mission control is counting down….  Take your place at the viewing area to witness the Launch! BCL Lighting design is ...

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  • Preston Mela passes the light from Diwali to Light Up Lancaster

    Horseshoe Corner, Lancaster

    As Diwali, the Hindi festival of light, draws to a close, the Preston City Mela performers will ‘pass the light’ on as our own creative celebrations get under way on Friday, November 5.   Horseshoe Corner, just in front of St Nics in the centre of the city, will be a riot of vibrant, colourful music and dance. For two hours ...

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  • Shop Windows Trail

    Look out for five magical new light art installations sited in empty shops around the city centre. Light Up Lancaster, with support from Lancaster BID, has commissioned 5 artists to create a wonderful light art trail that will keep the city centre twinkling until the Christmas Lights Switch-On later in the year.

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  • Art Fair

    St Nics Arcade, LA1 1NB

    The Art Fair will bring the city centre alive with a wonderland of arts activities for families to experience, including paper lantern-making, Islamic paper art, henna art, rangoli, ebru marbling, terracotta diya decoration, plus other inspirational ideas. It will all be free for anyone taking part so come and join in and discover a new creative skill or traditional craft! ...

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  • Lancaster University Exploration Zone

    The Storey, LA1 1TH

    Lancaster University take over The Storey to create a ‘safe’ activity zone for engineers of the imagination, of all ages. Presenting the world-changing research of Lancaster’s academics, The Storey will be packed with intriguing light-based activities. This collaboration builds on the huge success of the partnership between Lancaster University and the festival and will see the university take up ...

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  • Luminous Gardens

    Location: Dalton Square, LA1 1PN

    Lantern Company bring some illuminated magic to Lancaster’s Park Square with their enchanting  Luminous Gardens. Come and be transported in a larger than life  world of beautifully painted giant butterflies, neon cyclamen and colour-changing lunar flowers set to lift your spirits and light up the darkest of nights.   Location: Dalton Square, LA1 1PN By: Liverpool Lantern Company   &...

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  • Luma

    Sun Square, LA1 1EW

    Luma is a huge, beguiling interactive robot,  a 9m long, inflatable snail who loves an audience.  She looms above visitors with a presence which is gentle, welcoming and otherworldly. Meeting her is a magical experience and a window into a fantastical world; come and revel at the spectacular sight and meet a wondrous being.     Location: Sun Square, LA1 1...

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  • The Wyrm of Trowbarrow

    St Nics Arcade

    Myth, legend and the wild imaginations of children make for an eyecatching lantern parade! A brilliantly conceived project, the Wyrm of Trowbarrow is a fantastical and colourful giant serpent, created by 4 local schools. Created by 120 children working with artists Shane Johnstone & Anna Read, the Wyrm will parade through the city centre, starting from St Nics and then parading through ...

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  • Zomotion

    Storey Gardens

    Zomotion zoetropes are light-based animated sculptures. Sequences of individual models rotate above head-height to create live 3D animations for the viewer. The  models are mounted on individual spokes, rotating from the top of a three metre high central pole.   Unlike other 3D zoetropes, the Zomotions light source moves independently and illuminates only one model at a time, in precision-controlled ...

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  • Lasertonic

    Lancaster Castle

    How can colour and sound affect our mood and emotions? Studies have shown that colours with shorter wavelengths such as blue and green evoke feelings of calmness. This immersive laser projection uses sound and colour to transforms its surroundings into a meditative environment. The colourful, undulating laser light dances in time with the surround sound, creating a serene environment to ...

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  • Imagined Insect #9

    Lancaster City Museum

    Imagined Insect #9 is a reaction to issues of waste and pollution within our urban environments. The twisted, broken forms of umbrellas abandoned by their owners is a common sight when traversing our urban environments. Unlike other common items that are important to our daily lives, the humble umbrella, is often seen as replaceable and abandoned at the first sign of ...

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  • Gateway

    Gateway is a magical, moving animated journey following a young Afghan refugee as she searches for fellow creative spirits amongst the darkened streets of Lancaster. Audiences are invited to follow Sound Intervention’s innovative Projector Bikes from Kanteena on a short tour around the old buildings of the Heritage Action Zone as animations on the architecture reveal the young girls ...

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  • Entwined Light

    The Storey Gallery

    Entwined Light tells the story of the ever-evolving relationship between the artificial and the natural through the transitional interplay of form and light. The exoskeleton is a symbol of the man-made, while the photo-luminescent thread, powered by the sun, is an expression of the natural. The artwork provides the visitors with a path through this system in transition from natural ...

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  • Digital Playground

    Judges' Lodgings Garden

    A walk-through forest installation of oversized, robotic flowers. As visitors move around the sculpture forest, it becomes apparent that the flowers’ appearance subtly changes according to the audiences’ movements. Simply walking, stepping, swaying, spinning or even dancing within the space will influence the robotic forest to change in appearance. This oasis aims to passively remind us all to take it ...

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  • And Then I Slipped

    Lancaster Priory

    By award winning digital art and performance company, idontloveyouanymore, commissioned by Light Up Lancaster and Lightpool, And Then I Slipped is a waterfall of light. Inspired by the waterfalls of classic children’s films, such as Jungle Book and the Lion King, And Then I Slipped focuses on the representation of waterfalls as passages of transformation, and plays with the ...

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  • Leap

    Lancaster Castle

    In a series of phone calls, across landscape and time, LEAP takes a joyful look at human endeavour and the greatest journeys we might hope to go on.   An animated patchwork of scenes unfolds across the courtyard wall of Lancaster’s historic castle, transforming it with stunning projection mapping and a lush soundscape. LEAP uniquely combines beautiful projection mapping, ...

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  • The Hourglass

    Market Square

    Look! You’re flying in a storm, traipsing through the desert, swimming across the oceans, on journeys filled with excitement and danger. You are a young boy on an epic quest for safety, a wandering crane, a whale dashing across the ocean, all migrating to find new hope.   Migration is the most natural thing in the world. Animals and ...

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