Lightpool is back to provide luminary wonder in all its forms across Blackpool town centre. People have flocked to Blackpool for ‘the lights’ ever since 1879 when eight electric arc lamps lit up the promenade for the first time to general awe and wonder. Today the annual Illuminations display has an accompanying festival of spectacular live performance, light-based art installations, and Light Odyssey, a special collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic.
Carnival of the Lights sees a parade of illuminated trams head out in convoy along the seafront culminating in a trademark spectacular choreographed show in front of the Tower by illuminated drummers Spark!
In past years, over 100 residents and professional dancers from Southpaw Dance Company have transformed Blackpool’s iconic skyline in outdoor dance spectacular RUSH.
Lightpool’s LightArt trail is the place to see the best new luminary art. Past years have seen the Tower Ballroom lit up by Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon. You could spot Bob and Roberta Smith’s illuminated words in Art Is Your Human Right and play in Mads Christensen’s Cathedral of Mirrors, Megan Fell’s Colour Curiosity and Gillian Hobson’s Mirror Stage across the town.
Save some energy for the festival’s trademark grand finale. Last year Belgian pyrotechnic pacesetters Pyronix performed their only UK date this year in St John’s Square. Combining physical performance (martial arts, dance and acrobatics) and technology (LED, videomapping and multimedia), there were some serious big wows.
Lightpool’s the place to head for some October brilliance. With high spec projections and festival village, we love the total takeover of this iconic seaside town.