Blackpool Lightpool Festival 2021 – what’s on, venues and dates

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The stunning light festival returns with 16 days of free shows and art installations

 

Illuminated tram parade
Illuminated tram parade (Image: Martin Bostock Photography)

The Lightpool festival returns to Blackpool for 2021, and its bigger than ever.

The free 16-night programme will run from October 15 to 30 and will feature a blend of art installations, 3D projections and live shows.

“We have a total of 27 artworks, some of which have never been seen in this country before,” Phil said.

“Along with the return of tried and tested favourites such as the illuminated tram parade, larger-than-life carnival characters, the Spark! LED drummers and new outdoor projection shows, it promises to be the most magical two weeks imaginable”.

We’ve put together must-see highlights of the light festival coming to the seafront and beyond, below.

Blackpool Lightpool Festival
An installation at the Blackpool Lightpool Festival (Image: Andy Torkington)

Art trail

Monday, October 18 to Saturday, October 30, 6pm-10pm (apart from Luma which is only October 27-30)

House of Cards @Central Promenade

This is an outdoor multi-sensory display that collapses and rebuilds itself in front of you and has already wowed audiences in Amsterdam, Berlin, Bucharest and Milan.

It consists of 128 LED light boxes in the form of playing cards, programmed to choreography.

Aqualux @ Tower Festival Headland

An eco-friendly light feature to showcase the importance of water and preserving it.

In addition, on selected days, an illuminated Peterbilt truck will tour the streets of Blackpool with Aqualux on-board..

Spiro @ Tower Festival Headland

Walk through this stunning light tunnel, which spans 26 metres and has individually-mapped LEDs

Tower Projections @ Comedy Carpet

Get taken in by the 3D projections as they light up the Blackpool Tower building, where you can also experience Astral Dreams project, as part of the Blackpool Illuminations programme.

Digital Playground @ Bickerstaffe Square

Walk through this forest installation, complete with oversized robotic flowers and as you move around, the sculpture will subtly change in mood and appearance. Cool, eh?

And Then I Slipped @ Winter Gardens

New for 2021, lurk under the shimmering waterfall lights and see where it takes you.

Luma @ Winter Gardens

Luma is a eight-metre long, robotic inflatable snail – but don’t worry, she’s welcome band gentle and loves crowds.

Lumidogs at the Blackpool Lightpool Festival
Lumidogs at the Blackpool Lightpool Festival (Image: Blackpool Lightpool Festival)

Power the Tower @ Winter Gardens

Get on a bike and have a go at pedalling hard enough to power to light up the Blackpool Tower model.

500 @Pavilion Theatre, Winter Gardens

At 500, four of Blackpool’s entertainment venues are showcased.

The Nature Take Over @ St John’s Church

Watch as the church is reclaimed by nature as large vines, flowers, fruit, fungus and creatures take over the church exterior. This large-scale projection shows bold and colourful hand-drawn animations as they dance and sweep over the building’s surface, synchronised to music.

Blackpool Light of My Life @ Grundy Art Gallery

Check out this art installation by the internationally recognised artist, Chila Kumari Singh Burman.

After high-profile projects for Tate Britain and Covent Garden in London, the artist has now turned her sights to Blackpool and the exterior of the town’s Grade II listed Grundy Art Gallery.

Blackpool Lightpool Festival 2021
Blackpool Lightpool Festival 2021 (Image: Gregg-Wolstenholme)

White Tiger @ Houndshill Shopping Centre

The White Tiger roars into Blackpool. The car was originally created to celebrate the launch of the critically-acclaimed film The White Tiger, which is based on the New York Times bestseller and 2008 Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name.

Big Bird @ Abingdon Street

Another new addition for 2021, this 3.5 metre-high pigeon sculpture is made out of the parts of 10 London taxis and illuminated by the Blackpool Illuminations team.

Lasertonic @ Adelaide Street West

Joining Big Bird for the first time at this year’s festival, this laser projection uses sound and colour to transform its surroundings.

100 Local Lanterns @ The Old Electric, Springfield Road

Beautiful lanterns created and crafted in a series of workshops will be on display in The Old Electric, forming a community exhibition.

Live performances (various dates and venues)

Nixies of Oakpool at the Blackpool Lightpool Festival
Nixies of Oakpool at the Blackpool Lightpool Festival (Image: Blackpool Lightpool Festival)

Symphony of Light @ Olympia, Winter Gardens, Friday, October 22, 7pm–9:30pm

A experience with music, lasers, artwork and immersive lighting effects. Shows every 30 minutes.

World Fireworks Championship Blackpool @ Tower Festival Headland, Saturday, October 23, 8.30pm

The finale of the fireworks championships featuring a celebratory display by Titanium Fireworks.

Illuminated Tram Parade Featuring Spark! @ Central Promenade, Wednesday, October 27, 5.30pm

For one night only, the illuminated tram parade features a battleship, trawler and Great Western train travelling in convoy, joined by the high-impact drumming and superb choreography of the Spark! LED drummers, Lumidogs and a cast of illuminated giant puppets.

Global Grooves Carnival @ The Blackpool Tower Ballroom, Thursday, October 28, 6pm and 8pm

A menagerie of carnival characters will hit the Blackpool Tower Ballroom floor for an electrifying performance of music, puppetry and dance.

Silent Disco @ The Blackpool Tower Fifth Floor, Friday, October 29, 7pm-9.30pm,

Suitable for all ages, the Silent Disco will have three different music choices playing continuously throughout the night.

The Nixies of Oakpool by The Electric Sunshine Project (Springfield Road), October, 27, 28, 29, 6.30pm and 7.30pm

A spellbinding, interactive story using animation, puppetry, lights and music to retell how the Illuminations were originated.