Bristol Festival of light

My idea is to start a Bristol Festival of Light like many of the big cities around the world such as Lyon and Berlin and Amsterdam already have.

During Lyon festival of light over 100,000 visitors come from all over the world to witness the city being lit up and all the beautiful historic buildings (which Bristol has many of) playing host to lighting and projection artists from around the world. Bristol is home to the Watersheds 'Pervasive media studio' and to many innovative projection artists as we saw when the council houses were lit up a couple of years ago for the xmas spectacular.


Why the contribution is important

Lighting festivals are  very much a family affair and it seems we have many events and festivals in Bristol that revolve around alcohol but the festival of light is about families taking to the streets together and drinking hot chocolate! It is a beautiful way to enjoy the long Winter nights and to show of some of our best historic churches, cathedrals and Municipal buildings whilst giving artists the opportunity to showcase what they can do. Light has the added benefit of making the streets feel safe and reclaiming them for families.

by Kgoodwin on December 08, 2013 at 05:25PM

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  • Posted by junecb December 09, 2013 at 13:32

    I love this idea.. if we take lessons from the joy and fun that the grommet trail gave thousands of people, this is a wonderful follow on for creating joy.
  • Posted by markhg December 12, 2013 at 08:06

    As in Amsterdam, there could be several themes going on, with early evening walks for kids and later walks for adults etc - It might also be used to get the point across regarding the energy saving /diversity of LED lights.
  • Posted by RowenaF January 09, 2014 at 15:01

    Could the Watershed or PM studio get involved in this as part of an existing event such as Electric December for example?
  • Posted by Graham January 23, 2014 at 16:54

    I love this idea. I was in Amsterdam just after Christmas. Having the Festival of Light brought the whole City to life at dusk. It was also very very busy. It would certainly bring many more visitors to Bristol & cheer up otherwise dull winter afternoons & evenings
  • Posted by nb1 February 07, 2014 at 14:37

    Why not do it between Diwali (Indian festival of Light) and Guy Fawkes night?
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