Illuminate is a spectacular light-based festival based in Plymouth that connects all of the Mayflower 400 destinations across the UK and internationally. In 2019 the festival saw the historic Royal William Yard, Mount Edgecumbe, Plymouth Barbican and Sutton Harbour turned into a spectacular display of light-based art installations, interactive displays and projections. 

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

Illuminate is a FREE event open to all ages, you can enjoy the festival from 26th – 29th November from 5:30pm each evening at Royal William Yard.

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