Friday, January 19, 2018

Dazzling Winter Nights - Lumiere London 2018

What an incredible evening! My heart is singing after experiencing some jaw dropping light installations last night.

Lumiere London is the UK's largest light festival and they are showcasing more than 50 UK and international artists in London. It opened yesterday and I was able to visit eight art works on my first night out. Each unique in its creativity; spaces, streets and iconic buildings envisaged in a different light.

The festival is on from 17:30 - 22:30 each evening, 18th - 21st January. And if you are in London, leave the warmth of your houses and go exploring. Trust me, all your January blues will be forgotten!

And the best thing, it's free. Curated by Artichoke, an arts charity and the UK's leading producer of art in the public realm, the festival has returned for the second time in the city after its first dazzling showcase in 2016.

Enough said, take a look at few of the captures from day one of chasing the lights.

This way, please.


There are six key festival destinations across London. I got down at Piccadilly Circus, and artists Camille Gross and Leslie Epsztein's Voyage had me mesmerized right from the second.

Hotel Cafe Royal was transformed into a time space capsule as hands of the clock swung around and took the spectators on a voyage through the Belle Epoque and the Industrial Revolution.

It is hard to pick a favourite, but if I really had to pick one, this would be it.


Quick Tip : Purchase the Lumiere London printed guide, available for £5 at various sales carts. It has a fold out map at the front which proved to be very handy

Alaa Minawi's My Light is Your Light, pays tribute to Syrian refugees and the terrible conditions they experienced in their migrations across the world. This one can be viewed from the St James's Churchyard. Be patient and wait your turn to take pictures as this one is a tiny space.


Quick Tip: It can get a little crowded as the festival runs only for four days and there is much to see. So don't try and cover everything in one night. Enjoy what you can!

The next one will make you feel weak at the knees. Love Motion, at Royal Academy Courtyard, is the creative genius of Rhys Coren. Two paper-cut figures spend the evening kissing and dancing and with the specially created romantic soundtrack, it is easy to forget everything around you and fall in love.


Quick Tip: Keep your eyes open as you walk across Piccadilly. Many stores have taken inspiration from the light festival and the store fronts are nothing short of beautiful installations. Do check out Fortnum and Mason's displays!

I was heading towards Leicester Square when I spotted bright pink Flamingos and went chasing after them as they flew across Chinatown. Flamingo Flyway by Jo Pocock and Lantern Company, references the parallels between migratory birds and humankind's age long migration routes across the world.


Quick Tip: These birds are being carried by few happy volunteers on their backs. Take a minute to thank them for their work and they will also gladly oblige for a picture.

Next stop was the grand nocturnal wonderland set up at Leicester Square Gardens. Again, full points to Jo Pocock and the Lantern Company for transforming this busy area into a celebratory space for the natural world. I have more pictures from Nightlife that i'll be sharing on my Instagram. So hop over here and follow me!


Quick Tip: There are significant road closures and diversions in central London, so leave your car at home and walk or use public transport where possible.

Before my final stop, I hopped over to Seven Dials to see the Aquarium. Never even could I imagine an aquarium inside a telephone booth! This playful installation by Benedetto Bufalino and Benoit Deseille, was a big hit in 2016 and has hence been brought back this year!

Before I forget, another spectacular work that I saw was Frictions at Regent Street. I missed it at first but the music is what made me look up. Mader Wiermann plays with the architecture of the building and you can see the building dancing on music, twisting and turning before returning to its original shape.

I finished chasing the lights at Trafalgar Square where Collectif Coin had everyone mesmerized with a canopy of luminous balloons in the aptly titled installation, Childhood. I wanted to run in and dance around with the floating spheres.


Quick Tip: And can't say this enough, please stay warm and wear comfy shoes.

I want to go exploring around Westminster, South Bank and King's Cross this weekend. There are two that I'm really looking forward to, one of which is the Umbrella Project by Cirque Bijou. This one is a roaming performance so don't know where and when it'll pop up. But if I manage to find it, you know it will be on my Instagram. So come and join me there!










13 comments:

  1. This looks like such a stunning display! Thank you for sharing!
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

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    1. Thanks Britt! I had a lovely time exploring! :)

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  2. Love all the light shots - gorgeous collection

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    1. Thanks! And these are just a few of the many light installations throughout the city! :D

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  3. I can imagine how exciting it must be to see the night come to life. Beautiful installations and loved the way you described them

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  4. I would love to see this one day. Thank you for sharing the photos.

    -Soma

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    1. Glad you liked it, Soma. If you get a chance do visit the Lumiere festival next year.

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  5. Oh wow! Such pretty lights! It kinda reminds me of the Vivid Festival in Sydney

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    1. Lovely, do share about the Vivid Festival. Would love to see.

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