Vicky Lee, Head of Bristol City Centre BID said;
“It has been an incredible six days and we are delighted with how the event has been received and the positive feedback we’ve had so far. We wanted to create a vibrant and fun event that would attract visitors to enjoy everything Bristol has to offer, and seeing families, friends and people of all ages visiting the centre and interacting with the light installations has been fantastic. It really felt like an opportunity for the people of Bristol to reconnect with the city centre and each other.
“The event is an integral part of our programme to help business recovery after a challenging two years, it was great to see the city’s businesses benefiting from the footfall. Across the six days, we have monitored the economic impact and will be analysing this data to understand the commercial benefits as a result of the event.
“There was a really positive vibe across the city and people were happy to be back in the heart of Bristol and enjoying it as the vibrant city we know and love.”
Bristol Light Festival is presented by Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) working in partnership with Redcliffe and Temple BID, Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Cabot Circus, and curated by the festival’s Creative Director Katherine Jewkes. The support from partners for this edition enabled the event to grow, commissioning new installations and incorporating new areas as a result.
Katherine Jewkes, Creative Director said;
“We really wanted to animate the city with colour, light and play. We know that it has been a difficult time for so many, we wanted to create spaces for family and friends to come together to dance and play, as well as calmer spaces to have a moment of reflection within the busy city centre.
“The best of UK talent is represented in this festival, and it was so delightful to wander through the city watching our community come together again.
“There were echoes of ‘Alright my luvver’ across Castle Park, children and adults alike playing on the illuminated swings on College Green, generations of family dancing together at the disco ball in
Millennium Square and so many people taking photos of our city illuminated in a brand-new way. The way in which visitors responded to the light installations was very special, we’re very touched by all the lovely messages of joy and support for our artists, volunteers, and team.”