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Light Up Lancaster is sadly over for 2021 – thank you for joining us!

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  • Polar

    Judges' Lodgings Gardens

    Now finishing at 8.30pm on Saturday evening.   These life-sized polar bear sculptures, magnificent yet moving, are trying to navigate their changing landscape: broken up pieces of resin ice contain moving poems and footprint promises cast within. As polar bears are added to the ‘vulnerable to extinction’ list, we appreciate and celebrate the awe-inspiring creature, and reflect on how losing ...

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  • Lift Off

    Lancaster Castle

    Finishing at 8pm on Saturday evening.   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 ...

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  • Shop Windows Trail

    New Street, Penny Street, Marketgate, Common Garden Street

    On until late on Saturday evening, and staying in situ until the Christmas lights switch-on.   Look out for five magical new light art installations sited in 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 ...

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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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  • Random Revolution by Professor Rob Young, Quantum Technology Centre, Lancaster University. Photographer Credit Robin Zahler

    Lancaster University Exploration Zone

    The Storey, LA1 1TH

    Finishing at 7.30pm on Saturday evening.   Join us at The Storey for an exciting and educational playtime with our academics. Lancaster University is proud to welcome you to its brand-new Exploration Zone at Light Up Lancaster. Located at The Storey, the Exploration Zone will offer explorers of all ages interactive and hands-on activities. Join our tour of the night ...

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  • Luminous Gardens

    Location: Dalton Square, LA1 1PN

    Finishing at 7.30pm on Saturday evening.   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, ...

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  • Luma

    Sun Square, LA1 1EW

    Finishing at 8.30pm on Saturday evening (*weather permitting. Strong winds may cause finish time to be earlier).   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; ...

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  • Zomotion

    Storey Gardens

    Now finishing at 8.30pm on Saturday evening.   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 ...

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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

    Storey Courtyard

    Finishing at 7.30pm on Saturday evening.   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 ...

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  • Gateway

    Starting from Kanteena on the half hour

    Now finishing at 8.30pm on Saturday evening.   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 ...

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  • Entwined Light

    The Storey Auditorium

    Finishing at 7.30pm on Saturday evening.   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 ...

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  • Digital Playground

    Storey Courtyard

    Finishing at 7.30pm on Saturday evening.   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 ...

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  • And Then I Slipped

    Lancaster Priory

    Now finishing at 8.30pm on Saturday evening.   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 ...

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  • Leap

    Lancaster Castle

    Last showing on Saturday evening now 7.45pm.   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 ...

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  • The Hourglass

    Market Square

    Now finishing at 8.30pm on Saturday evening.   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 ...

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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! ...

    Read more
  • Random Revolution by Professor Rob Young, Quantum Technology Centre, Lancaster University. Photographer Credit Robin Zahler

    Lancaster University Exploration Zone

    The Storey, LA1 1TH

    Finishing at 7.30pm on Saturday evening.   Join us at The Storey for an exciting and educational playtime with our academics. Lancaster University is proud to welcome you to its brand-new Exploration Zone at Light Up Lancaster. Located at The Storey, the Exploration Zone will offer explorers of all ages interactive and hands-on activities. Join our tour of the night ...

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