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.
In 2021 Lumen came back as Lumen Lite, a scaled up version of the event in the form of a self-guided illuminated trail around Crewe Town Centre. Previous years included a digital light displays created by young people as part of the Luminate workshop programme, which was being held at Crewe Library in the lead up to the big switch-on.
We’re thrilled that Lumen is back, bringing an extra shine to this year’s festivities in Crewe.