Lumen Festival of Lights

Vicky Andrews
Lumen Festival of Lights
Courtesy of Lumen - Crewe's Festival Of Lights

Lumen Festival of Lights at Crewe Market Square, 26 November–11 December 2021, free entry - Visit now

Illuminating the best of Crewe, Lumen Festival of Lights is the town’s night of lights, a festive spectacle launched on the last Friday in November.

Since its inception in 2018, Lumen has drawn large crowds from across the region to the big switch-on event in Memorial Square. The first event was a bold addition to Crewe’s events programme with many travelling from Stoke, Newcastle, Middlewich, Northwich and Derbyshire, after hearing about the spectacle on social media.

Thousands descended on Crewe for the eagerly-anticipated return of Lumen in 2019, when crowds were left dazzled by another glittering programme. Attractions included jaw-dropping acrobatics over Memorial Square, an interactive LED installation called Colour Motion by artist Chris Plant, as well as a lantern procession which was led through the town by London samba group Rhythms of the City. After the big switch-on, a large-scale light projection was shown on the Municipal Buildings until 27 Dec, commissioned from Edinburgh projection experts Double Take, with a soundtrack from composer Barnaby Smith.

2020 saw the event dimmed down in the wake of Covid-19, but the good news is that Lumen is set to make a comeback this year. While the full scale event isn’t quite able to take place, there’ll by a magical, illuminated arts trail that you can explore over the nights of 26 November to 12 December. In a nice touch, this will include digital light displays created by young people as part of the Luminate workshop programme, which is being held at Crewe Library in the lead up to the big switch-on. There will also be a series of themed “Crewe-mas” Shopping Saturdays, each with dedicated entertainment such as walkabout festive characters and craft workshops – something for all the family!

We’re thrilled that Lumen is back, bringing an extra shine to this year’s festivities in Crewe.

Lumen Festival of Lights at Crewe Market Square

26 November–11 December 2021
Free entry

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