Photo of light installation - Network by Gemma Wood

Severn Arts is set to introduce vibrant, colossal light-infused artworks with interactive features to Worcester for the fifth edition of Light Night. The event will illuminate the city centre on February 14 and 15, running from 6 to 9 pm.

A large-scale piece capturing the magic of bubbles called Evanescent, by Atelier Sisu will take over Cornmarket car park and Juan Fuentes’s Kinetic Perspective, a 20m long installation creating illusions that will thrill and captivate, will fill Cathedral Square. Also included in the 2024 programme and highlighting this year’s theme of connectivity is: 

  • Network by Gemma Wood, taking us on a spellbinding exploration inside the mind. 
  • Paul Alty’s Black Hole – End of Time immersive multimedia experience. 
  • The Nectary by Alison Smith and Dr Chris Hassall, inviting the audience to mimic a pollinating insect. 
  • New Worlds by Halina Rice, an indoor installation bringing a blend of emotive music, lights and visual. 
  • Aura dance performance, merging music and visuals, commissioned by Dancefest.
  • Stained Glass Window at St Andrew’s Church illuminated and shining brightly in the night.

Artists Dom Breadmore and Anne Forgan will collaborate with community groups to design illuminated banners for the Light Night Pop-up People’s Pavilion in Cornmarket. The Artery Studios will present an immersive walk-through light experience providing insights into a neurodivergent mind. Leading up to the festival, artists Lou Baker and Oly Bliss invite participation in creating sculptures for their glow-in-the-dark installation.

Photo of light installation - Evanescent by Atelier Sisu
Evanescent by Atelier Sisu
Photo of light installation - Kinetic Perspective by Juan Fuentes
Kinetic Perspective by Juan Fuentes

This year, Light Night is supported by a one-year project grant from Arts Council England, secured by festival organizers Severn Arts. Additional backing comes from Worcester City Council, Worcestershire County Council, University of Worcester, The Elmley Foundation, Worcester BID, and various local sponsors, including Startin Group, BeFibre, Sound & Art at St. Swithun’s, Guthrie Roberts Ltd, The Kiln, Crowngate Shopping Centre, PB Signs Ltd, and All Saints Worcester. Despite the support, Severn Arts is seeking donations to reach a £5,000 target, aiming to bring Paul Alty’s “Black Hole – End of Time” installation to Light Night and enhance the overall program for Worcester.

Laura Worsfold, Severn Arts CEO said: “We hope you will join us again and thank everyone for your support. We are looking for donations to help us continue to offer this amazing free festival, now a mainstay of the cultural offer in Worcester, so please do dig deep if you can and donate onlne.

Light night is a free, non-ticketed event suitable for all ages. For programme updates follow @SevernArts on social media and visit their website website.

Volunteers are also being sought for both nights, anyone interested can find out more and register online.   

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