Light Up Lancaster
After a year off in 2020 due to Covid, the festival returned in 2021 on the 5th – 6th November 2021.
During the first weekend of November 2023, join us in Lancaster city centre on a family-friendly trail of discovery and enjoy the transformation of the city into a magical installation of light. Catch free performances dotted amongst secret squares and well-known buildings, and experience captivating light projections, amazing performances, music, dance, film and fireworks.
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!