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Light Up Lancaster festival returns to mark 10th anniversary

Light Up Lancaster will offer fun for all the family this November. Photo by Robin Zahler.

A two-day festival will return this autumn to celebrate a decade of lighting up Lancaster.

Light Up Lancaster will mark its 10th anniversary by illuminating buildings all over the city alongside its traditional fireworks display at the castle.

Weather permitting, fireworks will be launched from the castle on Saturday November 5.

The city's festival of art and light runs from November 4-5.

In 2012, Light Up Lancaster began life as an after-dark light art trail to build up excitement the night before the firework display near Lancaster Castle but since then it has developed into a two-day event.

The theme of this year’s event is Turning Points which gives artists, audiences and participants opportunities to reflect on times in life when things could go one way or another, when changes happen.

Lancaster’s own digital daredevils, imitating the dog, will, once again, take over the Castle courtyard to present striking projections combining film, animation and original music to explore the turning points in all our lives.

And for the first time in Light Up Lancaster’s history, it will host a Light Art Jam at Kanteena. 

Eclectika will incorporate projection, virtual reality, digital wizardry and electronica in an immersive, evolving experience.  

A new venue for the festival this year is St John’s Church which will host Butterflies, consisting of hundreds of handmade butterflies which appear glass-like by day and by night transform under ultra violet light.

These are just a few of the many Light Up Lancaster attractions which take place this year at various city centre locations including the Priory, the Judges’ Lodgings, St Nicholas Arcades and The Storey. Outdoor venues featured will be Market, Dalton and Sun Squares, the Storey Gardens and Upper Church Street/Castle Hill. 

All events are within walking distance of each other and are completely free.

Wristbands required for the fireworks official viewing areas at Giant Axe and Quay Meadow will be released in mid-September but the display can be enjoyed from various vantage points across the city. 

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