Light Up Lancaster
Since its inception more than 10 years ago, each year Light Up Lancaster has created a magical trail of light art illuminating and celebrating the city’s magnificent landscapes, architecture and the heritage of the people who live there.
It is a joyous, family friendly trail of discovery in a series of interlinked light installations located in all the well-known areas across Lancaster. treasures of the city for you to enjoy in new and surprising ways.
The festival delivers an enchanting and heart-warming stroll, transforming the city itself into an eye-catching vision of unforgettable light. Be prepared to be filled with delight and wonder at seeing captivating adventurous site-specific art, music and performance from local, national and international companies – all brilliantly illuminated!
As an antidote to the hard times we have all experienced over the last 18 months, this year Light Up Lancaster has adopted the theme, Flights of the Imagination. Imagination can take you anywhere and we have invited our artists to transport us all into a magical never-never land through light art. And they have responded with ideas that are a terrific mix of fun, playfulness, fantastical and thoughtful. From a moving story told through projection and sound on the castle walls; to the very latest in robot technology, there is something to thrill and delight everyone.
The Priory will again host a stunning large-scale installation and Lancaster University will return with their hands-on Exploration Zone. Plus we welcome a Saturday daytime arts fair and three new light art commissions from the Light Up The North’s SHINE programme. The performances, activities and installations in the city centre are all free – just turn up and enjoy!
Then on the Saturday evening, you are invited to come along and watch the amazing firework display, launched from the top of Lancaster Castle and viewable from our official viewing areas at Giant Axe and Quay Meadow (wristbands required) or locations across the city.
So join us for Light Up Lancaster 2021 and see where your imagination can take you!