Illuminate light festival is a powerful immersive experience, offering audiences beautiful projection mapping; playful light art installations; joyous performances and myriad opportunities to engage, participate and make. With light art created by artists, technologists, designers, architects, performers and children alike.

In 2019, Plymouth’s Illuminate event saw the Royal William Yard and locations on the Barbican and Mount Edgcumbe transformed by interactive artworks, projections and light-art installations. Works were created by local, national and international artists, alongside students from Plymouth College of Art, the University of Plymouth and local school children. The festival welcomed 50,000 visitors across the 4 days of the event.

Plymouth is a city of incredibly talented makers and a vibrant and growing cultural scene, with a plethora of creative opportunities. The lead organisation behind Illuminate is the Real Ideas Organisation, with partner organisations at the University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, and Plymouth Culture. The partners started the festival in response to the city’s growing creative and digital sector; to celebrate local talent and to create collaborative cultural experiences and opportunities that develop and recognise talent.

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