From: Friday 15th October 2021 - 12:00am
To: Saturday 30th October 2021 - 12:00am

Blackpool's Lightpool Festival

Blackpool's award-winning Lightpool Festival is returning this October half-term with two weeks of extraordinary free entertainment.


The festival, which will take place between October 15 and 30, will provide an amazing mix of live performance and light-based art installations.

Lightpool Festival 2021

DATES: 15-30th October 2021

Blackpool’s award-winning Lightpool Festival is back with extraordinary free-to-see entertainment! This amazing programme comprises 16 nights of pure exhilarating spectacle from October 15-30. It will provide an intoxicating mix of light-base art installations, parades, lasers, stunning live performances, family-friendly activities, and 3D projection shows involving local, national and international artists.

Tower Projections


Light Art Trail

This year, Lightpool Festival will feature a town centre art trail which will see outdoor spaces and iconic buildings transformed by spectacular light works (including a number of world premieres). Join us on a discovery with the Moon Folk; meet Big Bird, a giant one-tonne pigeon; and the biggest mobile light exhibition you’ll ever set eyes on.

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Live Performance

Blackpool Illuminations is delighted to have recently secured a grant from the Arts Council to deliver an exciting new artists’ research and development programme. It will lead to new works being created for the Blackpool Illuminations, Grundy Art Gallery and Lightpool Festival from 2021.

As part of the programme, we are setting up an artist in residence placement at Lightworks, the bespoke factory and home of the world famous Blackpool Illuminations.

The programme also includes a series of digital commissions to create new work for the promenade, The Blackpool Tower and St John’s Square; and working in collaboration with the Grundy Art Gallery and international artist Dr Chila Kumari Burman on a co-commission that will become part of the gallery’s contemporary light collection.

This is an exciting opportunity for an artist that has a track record in creating imaginative installations for the public realm and has a particular interest and experience in working with light and its many forms.

We are looking for an artist that is interested in providing magical installations that audiences can connect and interact with; that can create work of scale and respond to the challenges of the often hostile natural environment of being outside by the Irish Sea in the autumn/winter.

You will be a problem solver; open to new applications and approaches; and will build on the experience gained in being at Lightworks to further develop your practice; be willing to share your learning with peers; and be interested in experimenting with digital projections on 3D forms.

Lightworks and the facilities/support available during the Residency:

At the Lightworks facility there will be access to structural and electrical engineers, artists, animators and lighting technicians. The facility also offers computer aided manufacturing including Computerized Numerical Control cutting and carving.

The Blackpool Illuminations team, work with a range of experts in the private and public sector to deliver their programme and the artist may want to explore some of these relationships in developing a certain idea. For example, Blackpool Illuminations is working with the Computer Science department at Lancaster University on a commission with fashion designer Jack Irving to create a major new installation on the seafront with an ‘under the sea’ theme. Up to 10 projectors will create an interactive digital carpet on the promenade and a bespoke programme is being designed by the Computer Science department to enable people to interact with the projections.

Depending on the ideas that come out of the residency it is envisaged that new work(s) will be an outcome of the residency for the Illuminations season in 2021 or 2022 and/or for the Lightpool Festival in 2021 or 2022.



The Lightpool festival began in 2016, to celebrate the Illuminations by bringing contemporary light and fire artists to Blackpool to be inspired by the town’s unique relationship with light. The festival won the Large Tourism Event at the Lancashire Tourism awards in 2017.

Lightpool Festival 2021 is a festival of light and fire that will take place between October 15 and 30 in Blackpool as the climax to the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations.

The world-famous Illuminations need little introduction. There are six miles of traditional festoons and tableaux along Blackpool Promenade – no wonder it’s commonly known as the greatest free light show on Earth!

The Blackpool Illuminations now attract more than three million visitors to the resort each year, with many travelling across the UK to see ‘the lights’.  In 2021, Blackpool Illuminations will be shining from 3 September – 3 January 2022.


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