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

Now in it’s third year, Illuminate will open the Mayflower 400 commemorations in November 2019 during Thanksgiving and close them in November 2020. The project is a signature event in the Mayflower 400 programme and connects the partner destinations across the UK and internationally.

For 2019 audiences are also invited to discover additional installations at the Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe Country Park as well as enjoying a wealth of stunning installations our festival centre, Royal William Yard. 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.

Illuminate is a FREE event open to all ages, you can enjoy the festival from 28th November – 1st December from 5:30pm each evening.

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