Light Up Lancaster invites you to explore this historic city through the imagination of artists, using the medium of light in all its forms.

This year the festival will ‘Look To The Skies’ to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landings. Local, national and international artists will bring you their interpretation of the theme through art installations, video mapping, music and performance, taking place on Friday and Saturday evening. And at 8pm on the Saturday the skies will be ablaze with the culmination of the festival – a stunning fireworks display launched from the grounds of Lancaster Castle.

There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved, from interactive installations to craft workshops; live performances to family activities. So come and join in with this most magical of festivals – Lancaster City Centre, Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November 2019.


Or, you can look back to previous festivals

From funky jellyfish to shimmering trees, giant butterflies to flying fish… re-live your best moments and remember what made 2017’s Light Up Lancaster really special.

2017 video, created by Daniel Brereton.


Light Up Lancaster grew from a partnership between Lancaster’s annual Fireworks Spectacular and a pilot event celebrating art and light, ‘Light Up the Streets’ which took place in 2012. The intention was to create a small but magical, after-dark multi-artform trail the night before the Fireworks Spectacular. The pilot event caught the public imagination and people came in their thousands.

From there, Light Up Lancaster gained support from Arts Council England and grew its support from Lancashire County Council and also from Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID) and the event became Light Up Lancaster – a weekend festival of art and light incorporating the annual fireworks event.

Light Up Lancaster is now a partnership event between Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Arts Partnership (LAP). The festival is supported with funding from Arts Council England, Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID). Additional financial and in-kind support comes from the University of Cumbria, Lancaster University, Pennine Events, the Duchy of Lancaster and Lancaster’s arts organisations.

Light Up Lancaster is proud to be part of the Light Up The North consortium

Visit the Light Up Lancaster site.