With thanks to Salford’s Culture and Place Partnership.
Lightwaves is an annual 10-day interactive 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.
2021 Programme Highlights
An awe-inspiring artwork that provides the opportunity to see our planet floating in three dimensions.
Cygnus – Electric Swan Ensemble
A mesmerising water ballet featuring 12 perfectly synchronised, glowing robot swans.
This six-metre long triangular corridor of light and colour designed to interact with sunlight is transformed into a jewel in the dark for Lightwaves.
A captivating bird cage comes to life by night, inspired by our renewed connection to our natural surroundings following lockdown restrictions.
A glowing interactive musical instrument with ever changing patterns of light and sound, bringing people together into a fun and spontaneous music making experience.
Moths at Work
Come and meet Ray and Flash - two brave Disco Moth Electricians sent down from the Moon in the Sky to collect moments of fun, pride and silliness to beam back home!
A glowing copse of oversized, robotic flowers nestled within MediaCity gardens.
A towering beautiful hooded sculpture; Youth Culture visualises visitor data it receives on mini screens and light illumination built into the sculpture.
An entrancing, multi-layered artwork that evolves and unfolds throughout the day-night cycle.
This immersive laser projection uses sound and colour to transform its surroundings into a medative environment.
A live performance of Swan Songs - a new, unique sound world created to embody the glowing robot swans, CYGNUS.
6pm on Fri 3 Dec.
Sign up to join a free tour of the Lightwaves installations. Led by the team responsible for organising Lightwaves, you’ll have the opportunity to hear a little more about the artworks, ask questions and enjoy an informal tour of the festival with good company! Wrap up warm and join us on one of the dates below.
Art Guide Martin Glover, himself deaf and BSL user will lead two British Sign Language (BSL) tours of Lightwaves for the local deaf community and friends on Sat 11 Dec. Register below to book your free space and join us!