Monday, 29 October 2012

Lancaster gets set to 'Light Up' with major local arts promotion

It’s not only fireworks that will be lighting up Lancaster this November.

On Friday 2nd November – the night before Lancaster’s Fireworks Spectacular – the city hosts a new free family event – Light Up Lancaster.

Organised as part of the Lancaster Arts City campaign launched in October, Light Up Lancaster promises an evening stroll with a difference through the city, launching a spectacular weekend of free family entertainment across the city.

Discover corners of the city which often go unnoticed, hear the rhythms and sounds at the beating heart of the city or stumble upon a story from Lancaster’s past.

You can enjoy Light Up Lancaster at any time between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Collect your guide to all the events in Dalton Square from 7.15pm on the night.

Dalton Square itself will be just one of the city centre outdoor venues lit up for the occasion thanks to fire poi performers and More Music’s illuminated instrumental Bell Tower.

Market Square will feature giant lanterns and the latest exhibition at the City Museum – Recuerdos De Mexico by Melling-based artists Sue and Pete Flowers - will be turned inside out as images are projected on to the historic building. The Northern Lights Orchestra will provide live music to accompany your autumnal stroll.

In nearby Marketgate, a Chinese ensemble orchestra lit by Chinese lanterns will play.
Sun Square will become the setting for the screening of two films on the night. A dance film produced by Ludus Dance will be projected in the Square and a specially commissioned film by Lancaster-based theatre company imitating the dog will be projected on to the Music Room café.

Also during the evening, there will be dance flashmobs appearing across the city and the windows of some empty shops will be transformed to recreate stories from Lancaster’s past.
Light Up Lancaster is a First Friday event organised to promote Lancaster Ar ts City and is supported with funding by Lancashire County Council. Every First Friday of the month, Lancaster Arts Partners aim to offer a range of free events encouraging residents and visitors alike to see the area afresh and try out something new on the arts scene.

There’s also a new Lancaster Arts City free app which can be downloaded by registering at The app is simple to use and includes helpful search features and a map featuring all the participating venues such as Lancaster’s Grand Theatre and The Platform in Morecambe.

Following Friday's events, watch out for other witches and Guy Fawkes themed activities, organised by Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council and various partners, throughout the day on Saturday in the city centre – including guided walks and tours, storytelling, arts and crafts and lantern making workshops.

And from 8.00pm, Lancaster Fireworks Spectacular takes place from the roof of Lancaster Castle for the first time ever.

Lancaster’s beautiful buildings and squares will be seen in a new light as they are animated by music, film, dance and art.

• For more information on Lancaster Arts City, First Fridays and the free app, visit

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