Illuminate is a spectacular light-based festival that connects all of the Mayflower 400 destinations across the UK and internationally. In 2018 Plymouth’s Illuminate saw the Royal William Yard turned into a spectacular display of light-based art installations and projections.

In 2019 Illuminate will grow; commemorating the Mayflower 400 anniversary and showcasing projections and light art installations from local, national and international artists to provide a vibrant, fun and inspiring experience for Plymouth’s citizens and visitors alike.  Our ambition is to build this event year on year in the lead up to 2020 to become a signature event in Mayflower 400’s programme; and an annual large-scale light festival that will be a highlight in Plymouth’s event calendar.

Light Festivals around the world create wonderfully vibrant and engaging social events for cities and their citizens to enjoy. They are a fantastic display of a city’s creativity and a great, fun, family event that gives people something to look forward to during the dark winter months. We are excited to be able to show off some of the region’s excellent creative talent, something to be really proud of!

Chris Bennewith
Head of the School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth

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