Lumiere London, featuring 50 light installations, opens on the 18th January

Lumiere London, a 3 day long light extravaganza, will be returning to London on the 18th January. Billed as the U.K’s largest light festival, light installations ranging from the extravagant to the minimal will be popping up around busy areas of central London, from King’s Cross to Southbank.

The festival was commissioned by the Mayor of London and is produced by arts charity Artichoke, which produced the show in 2016, which 1.3 million people visited. Installations range from the whimsical, such as luminous seesaws in Carnaby Street, to the spectacular, like that of a quasi-Victorian neon facade projected onto a church.

The installations will be viewable between 5.30-10.30 in six areas – Fitzrovia, King’s Cross, London’s West End (which includes spaces such as Piccadilly Circus & Oxford Circus), Mayfair, Westminster & Victoria, and South Bank.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said,  “Lumiere London 2018 will be bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before – with even more areas of our city involved and even more people expected to visit this incredible festival.

“Lumiere London 2018 shows that London is open to people from across the world and open to creativity and ideas, and open for business. I look forward to welcoming millions of visitors to the capital and building on the success of 2016’s showpiece.”

For full details of the festival, including a programme, visit Lumiere’s website.


London Student Assistant News Editor (City). Liberal Arts at KCL, Wellcome Scholar at the New Statesman.

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