New Light Festival in the City

Bristol’s famous festival calendar is about to see a new addition, with the launch of our new Light Festival in the city, starting next year.

We have built a partnership including Bristol City Council and the University of the West of England (UWE)’s Digital Cultures Research Centre to bring this to life and to evaluate the benefit of introducing some light and fun into the city in winter.

Launching in February 2020, Bristol Light Festival will be a celebration of local and international talent, bringing colour, light and play to the city centre’s public spaces at a traditionally quiet and dark time of the year; making the city centre a more welcoming home for its residents, attracting visitors and further boosting the city’s already prominent profile, tourism and urban economy.

Two internationally-experienced, Bristol-based creative directors have been appointed, and will shortly begin planning for the Festival’s first year. 

Newly appointed creative co-directors; Katherine Jewkes and Vashti Waite have a combined four decades’ experience creating award-winning work around the globe. They are pleased to be collaborating together in their home city again; they last worked  together in Bristol for Watershed in 2014 to stage The Rooms; which took over the Old Fire Station, Police Station and Magistrates Courts in the city centre with a series of immersive installations designed to showcase local talent and playfully inspire local audiences.

Over the next three years, Katherine and Vashti plan to build the Light Festival into an internationally recognised event with broader partnerships outside of the city. Building on Bristol’s reputation and thought leadership around green energy and new technologies, they are particularly interested in exploring sustainable light art and interactive playful environments.

More information about how to get involved with Bristol Light Festival will made available shortly. In the meantime, artists with an interest in creating and showing work are asked to email Keith Rundle Operations Director of the City Centre BID –