The Lightpool festival began in 2016, to celebrate the Illuminations by bringing contemporary light and fire artists to Blackpool to be inspired by the town’s unique relationship with light. The festival won the Large Tourism Event at the Lancashire Tourism awards in 2017.
Lightpool Festival 2021 is a festival of light and fire that will take place between October 15 and 30 in Blackpool as the climax to the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations.
The world-famous Illuminations need little introduction. There are six miles of traditional festoons and tableaux along Blackpool Promenade – no wonder it’s commonly known as the greatest free light show on Earth!
The Blackpool Illuminations now attract more than three million visitors to the resort each year, with many travelling across the UK to see ‘the lights’. In 2021, Blackpool Illuminations will be shining from 3 September – 3 January 2022.
2021 Programme Highlights
House of Cards
Our House of Cards is a beautiful light art installation that is slick and joyful in the daytime and turns into a fulminant lightshow at night time.
We are thrilled to bring The White Tiger car to Blackpool, created to celebrate the launch of the critically-acclaimed film The White Tiger
An 8m by 3m creative lighting installation composed of 48 unfilled water containers, which typically hold 1,000 litres of water each, specially adapted to create a stunning, transportable and eco-friendly light feature to raise the importance of water.
Illuminated Tram Parade
To celebrate Blackpool’s unique tramway history, this Parade is a tribute to the rich heritage of our Illuminated Trams. Back by popular demand, are Spark! the original and best LED drummers.
Exponential is a kaleidoscopic audio responsive installation with an immersive soundscape, surprise reflections and an ever changing swirling core.
An exhilarating menagerie of illuminated Carnival will hit the Tower Ballroom for an electrifying static showcase of music, puppetry and dance. Internationally recognised Carnival performers will present a showstopper over 30 minutes, bringing a diverse melting pot of Carnival magic.
Symphony of Light
Symphony of Light fuses music, lasers, artwork, and immersive lighting effects to create an unforgettable live experience.
Vines, flowers, fruit, fungus and creatures take over St.Johns Church as it is reclaimed by nature as a large scale, playful, rhythmic projection.
Blackpool Light of my Life
Announcing a new light art installation by the internationally recognised artist, Chila Kumari Singh Burman. After high profile projects for Tate Britain and Covent Garden in London, the artist has now turned her sights to Blackpool and the town’s Grade II listed Grundy Art Gallery.