Highlights: Blackpool Illuminations

This year Quays Culture will be hosting some of the infamous Blackpool Illuminations as part of our annual LIGHTWAVES digital art festival from December 9th-18th 2016, outdoors at Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. LIGHTWAVES once again presents a new, large-scale contemporary art commission, this time by UK artists GNI, alongside other large digital artworks. On the opening weekend there will also be an interactive light workshop where you can have a go at making your own light paintings.


The Blackpool Illuminations are kindly loaning us some of their most familiar TV characters to add a bit of fun and familiarity to the festival. Our Programme Manager, Laura, and Programme Producer, Lucy, paid a visit to Blackpool Illuminations last week to check out the programme and have written on their experience:

Visiting our friends at Blackpool Illuminations is always a pleasure and this time they treated us to a whirlwind trip to the Illuminations with everything from the world-famous light sculptures, to a beautiful NEON exhibition at The Grundy Gallery. This Friday was part of the World Fireworks Competition hosted by the town so we were lucky to have a VIP view of the event, followed by a projection show on to the Blackpool Tower, featuring the UK’s space astronaut Tim Peak. All in all it was a great day of art, work and seaside fun as we moved through the large crowds gathered for the Illuminations – a day trip well worth adding to your calendar.


 We’ll be announcing more of this year’s LIGHTWAVES programme in the coming weeks, with artist interviews, previews and more. Be sure to follow the story on Twitter with #Lightwaves16

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