Light Up Lancaster at Lancaster Castle

Light Up Lancaster at Lancaster Castle

Light Up Lancaster is set to return to Lancaster Castle on 5th and 6th November 2021, after having a year off due to COVID-19 in 2020.

For the eighth year, Lancaster Castle will be a focal point in the city’s annual celebration of light.Alongside other notable buildings throughout Lancaster, including Lancaster Priory and the Judges’ Lodgings, this unique festival combines art, light installations, music and dance.

This year’s event will adopt the theme, Flights of Imagination, in response to the hard times experienced by all in the last 18 months. This year, Lancaster Castle will host the new multimedia performance, Leap, by imitating the dog.

Created in conjunction with composer James Hamilton, this new installation will explore human endeavour and the greatest journeys we might hope to go on throughout life. The Courtyard walls will be transformed by a patchwork of scenes, both animated and film, amplified by stunning projections soundscapes and live music, taking the audience on an imaginative journey.

A firework spectacular, launched from Lancaster Castle, is set to round off the festival on the Saturday evening. The fireworks will be visible across the city, but can be viewed from the two designated viewing areas at the Giant Axe and Quay Meadows.

The festival is expected exceed the estimated 5,000 visitors to Lancaster Castle achieved over previous festival weekends, with an estimated 22,000 people able to view the firework spectacular across the city.

Light Up Lancaster, part of the Light Up The North network, is a partnership event between Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Arts Partnership (LAP). The festival is supported by Arts Council England, Lancaster City Council, Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID), Lancaster University, Pennine Events, the Duchy of Lancaster and other arts organisations in the city.

Light Up Lancaster at Lancaster Castle 2019
Light Up Lancaster at Lancaster Castle 2019, Credit Robin Zahler

For more information, visit the Light Up Lancaster website. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

To find out more about events at Lancaster Castle please click here.

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