Lightopia at Heaton Park

Debbie Cowley, Families Editor
Family things to do. An art installation at Lightopia.
Image courtesy of Heaton Park

Lightopia at Heaton Park, Manchester, 21 November–31 December 2019, from £11 - Book now

Get ready to take your family on a journey of discovery at Lightopia, a unique lantern and light festival coming to Heaton Park. Lightopia is a brand new event, promising beautiful art installations, sure to captivate young and old alike. Beware though, you might end up feeling you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole…

Visitors will experience unique interactive and immersive light exhibits, as well incredible lasers with water-screen multimedia shows. If you’ve not seen a water screen before I’ll try not to give too much away, but it uses a thin film of water as the projection screen for lights, lasers or video, producing some magical and surreal effects.

Art installation at Lightopia of a bird on water.

There are six main interactive installations at Lightopia, all united by the theme of harmony. The artist behind them is critically acclaimed Ava Moradi, a contemporary artist who has exhibited art installations revolving around light and design internationally for over ten years. Among the six key pieces is Light Bees, a piece celebrating the iconic Manchester bee and symbolising the amazing sense of unity and solidarity within Manchester.

Ian Xiang, Founder and Creative Director of Lightopia, says:

“Lightopia Festival aims to revive and reinterpret the senses, carrying the audience into a different world of expression and emotion through beautiful light designs and interactive installations. It is a world built upon captivating experiences, there is no ordinary at Lightopia!”

Art installation at Lightopia.

Lightopia will transport your family on an exciting journey for the senses. As well as the installations visitors can enjoy live entertainment, such as acrobatic performances, local musicians and family rides. There will also be a host of food and refreshment options available for a full ranges of tastes.

Lightopia is open to the public from 21 November to 31 December. The event is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, except during school holidays. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are closed. Opening times are between 17:00 to 22:00. Last entry is 20:30 daily.


Lightopia at Heaton Park, Manchester

21 November–31 December 2019
From £11