What is Lumiere London?
Lumiere London is a world-class light festival that takes place over four evenings, from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 January 2018. It showcases the capital’s spectacular and iconic architecture and streets, with more than 50 works created through the vision of leading UK and international artists.
The free outdoor light festival is the biggest festival of light in London to date. It returns to London for the second time following the success of the first edition in January 2016, when it attracted an estimated 1.3 million visits over four nights in London's West End, Mayfair and King’s Cross.
The 2018 edition has an expanded footprint extending north to south, from King’s Cross, through Fitzrovia, Mayfair, and London’s West End, to Trafalgar Square, Westminster, Victoria, South Bank and Waterloo.
Each Lumiere festival invites international and local artists to create works that light buildings and public spaces, transforming cities across the UK and changing the way we think and feel about public space.
The first Lumiere light festival took place in Durham in 2009. Originally planned as a one-off, Artichoke has brought the event back to England’s north east every other year since, commissioned by Durham County Council.
Lumiere has also travelled to other cities in the UK, including in 2013 when Lumiere Derry Londonderry was the finale to the first UK City of Culture celebrations.