Bristol Light Festival

Bristol City Centre BID is bringing an exciting new event to the city’s annual festival calendar from February 2020. The Bristol Light Festival will bring colour, light and play...

Bristol City Centre BID is bringing an exciting new event to the city’s annual festival calendar from February 2020.

The Bristol Light Festival will bring colour, light and play to city centre spaces each February for three years. Designed to make the city more enjoyable for residents, attract visitors and boost the economy during a traditionally cold, dark, quiet month, the festival is an exciting addition to Bristol’s winter calendar.

The City Centre BID has appointed two acclaimed Bristol-based creative directors – Katherine Jewkes and Vashti Waite – to build the festival into an internationally recognised event over the next three years and forge partnerships beyond the city. We are also leading a Light Festival partnership that includes Bristol City Council and the University of the West of England (UWE)’s Digital Cultures Research Centre, which has secured a £15,000 grant to evaluate the wider impact and benefits of this event on the city, helping to inform its development.


We’re hugely excited to be working together to inject some light and fun into the city centre and spread a little wonder beyond the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Keith Rundle, Bristol City Centre BID Operations Manager