What is illuminate?

Illuminate is a light-art festival showcasing a spectacular display of light-based art installations, projections and live performances.

To commemorate the anniversary of the Mayflower 400 project, projections and light art installations from local, national and international artists will transform the Yard into a vibrant, fun and inspiring experience for Plymouth’s citizens and visitors alike. Enjoy a host of workshops, installations and performances, offering various opportunities for families and children to take part in activities or simply to wonder at the incredible illuminations lighting up the Yard.

Part of the wider Mayflower 400 programme, Illuminate will close the Mayflower commemorations in November 2019 and 2020. The festival builds on the core values of Mayflower 400, which include Freedom, Humanity, Imagination and Future. Each of the artists have based their artworks around these core values.

Is Illuminate free?

Yes, illuminate is a free event and so is the event app. 
There will be merchandise and food from a number of stalls, which can be purchased on site. 

Are dogs allowed?

Responsible dog owners are welcome at the festival and there are provisions for the disposal of dog waste. A number of restaurants & cafes allow dogs but please check before you travel. When considering whether to bring your dog please remember that it is a festival with bright lights and sound, there will also be a very high volume of people attending the event.

Will there be strobes and flashing imagery?
Yes there will be, some pieces also include projections and bright lights.
I have mobility issues, where can I find information on disabled access?

There is limited parking available at Royal William Yard.  To ensure Illuminate is accessible to all we are encouraging attendees to utilise public transport if they are able, our travel partners Plymouth Citybus and Plymouth Boat Trips have provided additional services to make it easy to travel to the festival. Please see our Travel information page for details and our accessibility page for further information on disabled access.

Where can I park?

This year we will not be allowing event parking at Royal William Yard. 
We are encouraging attendees to the festival to travel via public transport if able. Please visit our Travel information page for further details.

Photography / Video

Please note that we will have professional photographers and videographers documenting the event. By attending illuminate, you agree for your photo and any video footage to be used for our marketing materials and channels.