Lightpool Festival 2022

Lightpool Festival 2022

Blackpool’s award-winning Lightpool Festival is back with extraordinary free-to-see entertainment from the 14-29 October 2022.

Lightpool Festival 2022

A festival of light and performance in Blackpool, 14-29 October 2022

Showcasing a spectacular array of international works from France and Netherlands and  premiering new artwork never seen before in the UK.

Lightpool Festival 2022

Blackpool’s award-winning Lightpool Festival is back with extraordinary free-to-see entertainment from the 14-29 October 2022.

This year’s amazing light festival comprises of 16 nights of pure exhilarating spectacle, providing an intoxicating mix of light-based art installations, stunning live performances, family-friendly activities, and 3D projection shows.

Showcasing a spectacular array of international works from France and Netherlands and exclusively premiering new artwork never seen before in the UK, this year’s event promises to be the most visually spectacular light festival ever!

Embark on a magical journey and explore interactive exhibits, immersive light installations and enjoy enchanted evenings strolling along the illuminated art trails and mesmeric light projections along the promenade and town centre. Enjoy the ambiance and atmosphere of the town’s outdoor spaces and iconic buildings transformed by spectacular light works and projects and experience the town lit up like never before.

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Fit2Glow

October

Lightpool Festival in partnership with Blackpool Football Club Community Trust are to hold UV Football events for Blackpool Year 2 Primary Schools and Blackpool Academy, during October.

Teams from local schools and the academy will don neon bibs, glow in the dark accessories for the 5-a-side competition, in an innovative and fun-filled event.

100 Local Lanterns

October

All ages are invited to take part in a drop-in lantern-decorating workshop at Blackpool’s newest creative venue The Old Electric (Springfield Rd, FY1 1QW) 4-6pm on Mondays during October (4,11,18,25) with artist Janine Walker.

All lanterns will then be installed to form an immersive community exhibition inside the theatre at the venue and everyone is invited to come along and enjoy this light up wintery wonderland from 6-10pm Wednesday 27-Friday 29 as part of Lightpool Festival.

Aqualux Tour

15-17 October

Driven by an illuminated one-of-a-kind Peterbilt owned by Fox Bros., the artwork will be touring the streets of Blackpool, bringing Lightpool Festival up close and personal to residents and visitors alike, 15-17  October 2022.

Check visitblackpool.com/lightpoolfestival for routes

Lumidogs

27 October

Bark by ‘pup’ular demand! LumiDogs returns for Lightpool 2022

We are hosting a series of make & create workshops across Blackpool and inviting dog owners and their pooches to get involved.

Join us for a FREE workshop in a dog friendly & relaxed environment. Bring yourself and your four legged companion along to one of our workshops and our creative workshop leader will guide and assist you into making your dog’s very own Lumi jacket!

Illuminated Tram Parade

27 October

The Illuminated Tram Parade will celebrate Blackpool’s unique illuminated tramway history and presents a wonderful opportunity to witness and enjoy Blackpool’s dazzling, historic collection of illuminated tramcars.

Live entertainment will also be buzzing along the glittering streets of Blackpool as back by popular demand are Spark!, the original and best LED drummers.  Illuminated giant puppets will also be joining the parade adding a wow factor and showcasing content never seen before by audiences in Blackpool.

Carnival Magic

24 October

An exhilarating menagerie of illuminated Carnival will hit the Tower Ballroom for an electrifying showcase of music, puppetry and dance. Internationally recognised Carnival performers will present a showstopper over 30 minutes, bringing a diverse melting pot of Carnival magic.

From giant hand-crafted puppets to stunning illuminated dancers, there will be something for all the family.

Tickets are required for this free to attend event, available from:
lightpoolfestival.eventbrite.co.uk

100 Stories High

5 & 11 October

Theatre company and projection specialists imitating the dog, along with composer James Hamilton, are making a beautiful new piece of work at Lightpool Festival; and they’re looking for music-loving residents from the area to take part.

You will be joining other local people to form a choir to perform live at the event, alongside the projection.

You don’t need to have a lot of experience of musical or singing ability – just lots of enthusiasm. If you can make a noise, they want to hear from you!

Leap Wokshops

14-17 November

A free workshop week for artists who want to develop skills in projection-mapping, led by imitating the dog, held at Lightworks, the home of Blackpool Illuminations.

Participants will learn about imitating the dog’s approach to site-specific projection mapping work, from storyboarding, through basic animation and projection mapping techniques.

To find out more, visit imitatingthedog.co.uk/project/leap-blackpool  Applications close at 10am on Monday 31 October.

The Art Trail

Nightly, 14–29 October, 6pm to 10pm

The Lightpool Festival Art Trail is a self-guided tour over 16 nights. Recognisable indoor and outdoor spaces are transformed by spectacular artworks and captivating performances by local, national and international artists.

Tower Projections - Lightpool Festival 2021
Tower Projections

Blackpool Illuminations

The Blackpool Tower Projections transform The Blackpool Tower into a sea of light, colour and sound, as a stunning, digitally mapped multi-media show is projected onto this iconic building

There are five individual projection shows, including the three headline shows .

Stained Glass - Lightpool Festival 2021
Lumination

Lightpool

Blackpool Illuminations, frequently described as The ‘greatest free light show on earth’ has been a major part of Blackpool’s attraction since 1879 when they were described as ‘Artificial Sunshine’.

In this exhibition, get up close and personal with some favourites from the collection.

The Nature Takeover - Lightpool Festival 2021
The Nature Takeover

Ant Dickinson and Al Johnson

Vines, flowers, fruit, fungus and creatures take over St.Johns Church as it is reclaimed by nature as a large scale, playful, rhythmic projection.

Bold and colourful hand drawn animations dance over the building’s surface, synchronised to music taking the audience on a journey in to the interconnected rhythms of the natural world.

Lightpool Festival 2022 - Illuminate
Illuminate

Grand Theatre

Blackpool Grand Theatre present ILLUMINATE, a short film, soundscape and accompanying artworks co-created with Blackpool’s children during a year of creative activity exploring and celebrating their brilliance & resilience.

Lightpool Festival 2022 - butterflies
Butterflies

Anne Bennett

Butterflies have different meanings to different people. ‘Butterfly Cluster’ by Anne Bennett is inspired by an open cluster of stars in Scorpius. The installation consists of over one thousand six hundred butterflies which appear to have landed in Blackpool.

Each butterfly has a unique pattern and is hand-made from an eco-friendly resin. The butterflies hold a secret: in the darkness, and under UV light, each shines brightly with a different design (not visible in the daylight).

A SHINE commission in partnership with Light Up The North

Lightpool Festival 2022 - Norman
Norman

Lewis Sykes

Meet the interactive light and sound installation NORMAN - an old school ‘smart’ screen but with attitude.

The work is an artistic simulation of the behaviours you might encounter now from an ‘intelligent’ machine built to explore human-computer interaction as conceived in the late 1960s. NORMAN feels somewhat threatened and undermined by advances in modern technology - its questionable antics might be understood as the response of an ‘intelligent’ machine in crisis.

A SHINE commission in partnership with Light Up The North

Lightpool Festival 2022 - Moon Flowers
Moon Flowers

Liverpool Lantern Company

Experience the mesmeric Moon Flowers and be gently hypnotised by their colour changing transformations.

Big Bird - Lightpool Festival 2021
Big Bird

Blackpool Illuminations

The 1 tonne pigeon was originally created for the Museum of London’s immersive experience Beasts of London, created in partnership with Guildhall School of Music & Drama, but it will spread its wings and head to Blackpool for Lightpool Festival.

Lightpool Festival 2022 - 100 Stories High
100 Stories High

Imitating The Dog

As a man leaves his house for the final time, a flood of memories unfolds. Personal moments collide with world events as the old building shows its history and bares its soul. imitating the dog mix beautiful animation with live performance in this musical installation about memory and time.

A Lightpool and Light Up Lancaster co-commission

Lightpool Festival 2022 - Seeing in the Dark
Seeing In The Dark

Imitating The Dog

Peer into a cinema from the past in Seeing In The Dark, an evocative new digital installation from imitating the dog.

Inspired by the Cinema Memory and the Digital Archive project at Lancaster University, thisimmersive piece sees scale models, original compositions, recorded reproductions of heritage films and echoing voices from the archive collide to transform a simple box into a mesmerising ‘memory machine’. .

Lightpool Festival 2022 - Flux
Flux

Collectif Scale

Flux is a kinetic light installation to contemplate. By describing complex twists and turns, the object composed of lines of light evolves smoothly with the music. It navigates between poetic states and, conversely, frenetic rotation rhythms. After having tamed video and light in their previous works, the SCALE collective is now exploring the world of movement and robotics. With Flux, SCALE sculpts a living and original object.

Flux is composed of 48 dynamic light lines, 1.5 m long, spaced 40 cm apart, motorised and controlled in real time. The formal multiplication of these lines coupled with micro variations of phases, temporal delays, speeds and amplitudes allows us to sculpt a 20m long object, alive and evolving with a cyclic back and forth movement.

Lightpool Festival 2022 - Drop of Light
Drop of Light

Gijs van Bon

Just another day in the life of a drop of light: it dances, sways, twirls, flutters, hides, jolts and plays. This magical installation combines displays of fluorescent liquid and ultra-violet laser lights to breathe life into a drop of light, drawing the viewer in through all the senses.

Dramatic in its execution, Drop of Light occupies a unique space spanning sculpture, animation, art, technology and a lot of mathematics! The idea for this installation originated with the wish to create something never seen before: shapes projected in mid-air. The creation of Drop of Light required a coming together of artistic, technological and scientific specialists and a fusion of their visions and experiences, but, as artist Gijs van Bon states: the magic was always there.

Lightpool Festival 2022 - One Way Or Another
One Way Or Another

Studio Little Lost Robot

Don’t give up on future generations.
Work together, keep the faith.
One way or another, hazards ahead can be overcome.
You can’t stop hope.

A set of revised road signs giving humanity a shared direction for the future.

A co-commission with Wigand & Leigh Light Night and Light Up Lancaster

Brilliance - Lightpool Festival 2021
Brilliance

This light and sound show was the first of its kind in the UK. Based on a continuous ribbon spiralling in and out of the ground, its six metal arches criss-cross Birley Street with custom-designed luminaires.

Lightpool Festival 2022 - We Are Blackpool
We Are Blackpool

Phil Holmes for Lightpool Festival

Representing Blackpool’s vibrant local community, with a bespoke soundtrack, We Are Blackpool is a once in a lifetime snapshot of soulful reflections and poignant, personal perspectives.

Honest, raw, real. Words weaved with wonder by a poetic maestro.

Aiming to give everyone a magical glimpse into the special place Blackpool is, its unique history and its diverse and eclectic communities.

The result is a warm and witty poem, showcasing the towns people, passions, and cultural credentials.

Watch the Film

Lightpool Festival 2022 - The Blackpool Way
The Blackpool Way

Showtown / LeftCoast

During lockdown, LeftCoast, Showtown and House of Wingz invited the public to submit original dance moves for a new social dance called ‘The Blackpool Way’. This dance was captured in iconic locations across the Town, filmed by WASH studios with music by Callum Harvie. See the film on Victoria Street.

Lightpool Festival 2022 - Crystallized
Crystallized

StudioTheoriz

CRYSTALLIZED is an audio-visual sculpture inspired by the bismuth crystal. Inside it, we use the principle of volumetric projection and video to illuminate its loins. The installation, with its geometric proportions based on crystalline materials, diffuses a soundscape and video reflections. It invites the public to contemplate it, wander around it and interact with it.

Lightpool Festival 2022 - Neon
Neon

Grundy Art Gallery

Blackpool Light of My Life
Artist : Chila Kumari Singh Burman MBE

Tragic / Brave, 2019
Artist - Tony Heaton

A Bigger Ripple, 2021
Artist - Tony Heaton

Tower Light Show - Lightpool Festival 2021
Tower Light Show

Greg McLenahan

Blackpool Tower is emblazoned with a glowing heart, and 25,000 lights on the structure. Join us for this sensational light show, as we bring the Tower to life with a sound and light spectacular. This brand new featured light show runs every night during Lightpool Festival at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm

Power The Tower - Lightpool Festival 2021
Power The Tower

Can you pedal hard enough on our specially adapted light up bike, to generate enough power to light up our Blackpool Tower model?

Phil Holmes

Creative Director

This year’s amazing light festival comprises of 16 nights of pure exhilarating spectacle, providing an intoxicating mix of light-based art installations, stunning live performances, family-friendly activities, and 3D projection shows.

Showcasing a spectacular array of international works from France and Netherlands and exclusively premiering new artwork never seen before in the UK, this year’s event promises to be the most visually spectacular light festival ever!

Embark on a magical journey and explore interactive exhibits, immersive light installations and enjoy enchanted evenings strolling along the illuminated art trails and mesmeric light projections along the promenade and town centre. Enjoy the ambiance and atmosphere of the town’s outdoor spaces and iconic buildings transformed by spectacular light works and projects and experience the town lit up like never before.

The Lightpool Festival 2022 programme will be complemented by the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations, the Lightpool 3D projection shows, which will be projected each night on to the Blackpool Tower buildings.

We hope you can join us in making many wonderful memories over 16 nights of pure magic, music and illuminated magnificence – and it is all free!

Enjoy every marvellous minute and light up your life!