Lightwaves is a free annual light festival presented at Salford Quays, home to Media City. Each December, the event attracts in excess of 400,000 visitors to explore a trail of illuminated installations that animate and transform the outdoor surroundings. With a focus on bold new commissions, the festival is proud to support international artists alongside local and emerging talent, with a growing focus on enrichment activity with local communities at its heart.

The festival is part of the Quays Culture Programme, a partnership initiative with a mission to animate public spaces, bringing extraordinary art into the heart of the community for everyone to experience free of charge.

Quays Culture also internationally tour a growing collection of innovative new commissions, inspiring audiences in their millions across the world each year.



Image credits:

Joel Chester Fildes
Jason Lawton, Creative Vision
Chris Payne