21-23 February 2019

6pm till late Daily


about LUP

Light Up Poole is a unique digital Light Art Festival aiming to transform Poole’s Town Centre after dark during 15, 16, 17 February 2018. Light up Poole is the first in a number of headline events to celebrate Lighthouse 40th Birthday in 2018.

The programme is diverse, combining light art and digital installations with interactive engagement activities in partnership with leading cultural organisations. Designed to inspire, delight and emotionally resonate with local communities and out of season visitors. It will be a platform for regional, national, and international artists to show case their work, illuminate, and celebrate the town’s cultural diversity, heritage, and unique location. This project will challenge residents and visitors perceptions of art enabling those who might not always participate to engage with artistic practice.

“We’ve chosen theme of Identity and challenged digital artists, architects and lighting designers to reinvent themselves and consider the town as their main inspiration,” says Libby Battaglia of festival creative directors Audacious.

“Light Up Poole will show how something as simple as light can completely transform a place you think you know. It’s warm, it’s safe, people are drawn by it to come together and share the experience.

“It is a great opportunity for the people of Poole to really celebrate its growing reputation as a destination for artistic excellence, cultural learning and innovative collaborations between business and the arts.”

Light Up Poole will see the town centre divided into 11 zones from Lighthouse, through Kingland Crescent to Falkland Square, down the High Street to the Old Town, Poole Museum and Quay Amusements each showcasing a new artwork and interactive installations.

Phil Gibby, South-West director for Arts Council England, says: “We’re delighted to support Audacious through our National Lottery-funded Grants for the Arts programme. This award supports Audacious to develop local, national and international talent by showcasing artists through Light Up Poole events.

“Emerging digital technologies will be used to create interactive public spectacles in the town centre aiming to challenge perceptions and allow more people to experience and be inspired by great art and culture.”

Light Up Poole is presented by Audacious community interest company with the support of lead partner and sponsor Poole BID and Arts Council England and in partnership with Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, and Bournemouth University, as well as Poole Borough Council, SoundStorm music education agency and ArtfulScribe, which finds, develops and promotes new and emerging writers and audiences for live literature.

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