Umbrella Project by Cirque Bijou. Photo by Andre Pattenden

On Thursday 16 January 2020 from 5.30-10pm the Arches Festivals presents Light Night Worcester, the first of four brand new festivals for the city.

Light Night is inspired by the connections we have with each other and the world around us, and features a programme of light installations created by local and international artists, music by Worldbeaters LED drummers, a large colourful umbrella spectacle by worldwide performance producers, Cirque Bijou (who are joined by 50 performers form the local community) and giant illuminated seesaws that make sounds as you bounce. These are shown alongside installations from first year students at the University of Worcester and a specially commissioned graduate light-based piece of work.

The festival is part of The Arches Worcester project delivered by Worcester Cultural Partnership, made up of Worcester City Council, The University of Worcester, Severn Arts, The Arch Company and Worcestershire County Council.

Wave-Field by CS Design and Lateral Office with a soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama. Photo by Art Emaar.


Laura Worsfold from Severn Arts who are leading the festivals strand said:

“We are all very excited about bringing new arts experiences to the people of Worcester and in particular, the number of opportunities for young people and new creative businesses that this programme will offer. Festivals have a huge impact on cities, as we have seen through City of Culture projects in Liverpool, Hull and now Coventry. We aim to celebrate the uniqueness of Worcester through presenting outdoor spectacle, debate, challenge and innovation and to raise the profile of artists, creative professionals and new emerging talent in our city.”

Light Night Worcester is free to attend. The full programme for the evening can be found here.

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