Lumiere London is back 18-21 January 2018


The much anticipated Lumiere London will return from 18-21 January 2018. Lumiere is London's largest arts festival. The Mayor has just provided a sneak preview into some of the featured artists and installations, with both Westminster Abbey and the National Theatre amongst the first iconic locations to be released. Building upon the incredibly successful 2016 Lumiere London programme, which was attended by 1.3 million people, Lumiere London will reach new heights as the 2018 programme becomes bigger, brighter and bolder.  


Commissioned by the Mayor of London and produced by arts charity Artichoke, the UK’s leading creative producers for art in the public realm, the festival will return from 18 - 21 January 2018 expanding to both sides of the River Thames with new destinations added for 2018.  


Lumiere London will include more than 40 installations from both UK and international artists lighting up London’s streets, buildings and public spaces, bringing millions of visitors to the capital city.  


  The first five artists and locations to be revealed and providing insight into one of 2018’s most spectacular events includes:


  • French digital artist Patrice Warrener returns to present the second instalment of The Light of the Spirit for Westminster Abbey to incorporate more of this landmark building, illuminating the sculptural details in his distinctive polychromatic style.

  • Digital artist, Ulf Langheinrich is set to present a work that will transform the National Theatre fly tower into a glowing monument that will stand out as a transcendent beacon along South Bank’s skyline.

  • Lead by artist Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company, Leicester Square Gardens and the area of Chinatown will be transformed into a magical illuminated world, bringing a sense of the wild into the heart of the city as well as providing a space for reflection.

  • The British collective of designers, architects, technicians and poets, Architecture Social Club, will present an emotive and powerful audio-visual work for the festival at King’s Cross. Connecting light and sound to the emotions of viewers and playing on our intrinsic and emotional relationship with form, colour and sound.

  • British artist and lighting designer, Simon Corder will place vivid tubes of fluorescent light that will grow up the façade of a significant Mayfair building, climbing like ivy up the wall, over and around the ornate decorations in the brickwork, bathing the surrounding site in a soft blue light.



Lumiere London will also engage outer London boroughs and communities in order to help with the creation of new artworks displaying a strong sense of community in one of the world’s busiest cities.

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