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Bristol Light Festival

City Centre BID invites you to explore Bristol through light as part of its exciting new festival taking place in February 2020. The Bristol Light Festival will bring colour,...

City Centre BID invites you to explore Bristol through light as part of its exciting new festival taking place in 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 have curated a group of fantastic local and international artists who all embody the playful and creative spirit of the city.

Katherine Jewkes, Bristol Light Festival co-director
Updated: Friday 17 January, 2020

First three installations announced

City Centre BID has launched the new Bristol Light Festival website and announced the first three commissions for the festival. They include light art installations that are visiting the South West for the first time as well as brand-new installations created exclusively for this first edition of the festival.

Pink Enchantment by international artist Tine Bech will shroud Castle Bridge in bursts of atmospheric pink mist as walkers and cyclists cross the water.

Wave-Field, Variation Q by Lateral Office will transform Queen Square into a playground of giant seesaws that burst into joyful music and light when played with.

Overheard in Bristol will depict a famous Bristolian phrase in four-foot neon beside the Cascade Steps. It’s sure to become a favoured selfie spot.

A further three art installations will be announced ahead of the festival, so keep checking here for details.

Updated: Wednesday 4 December, 2019

Invite: Wednesday 15 January, 2020

Join us on Wednesday 15 January, 2020 when we’ll be hosting a levy payer event to introduce the team behind the Bristol Light Festival, share opportunities on how businesses can get involved and celebrate this exciting new festival for our city. More details coming soon.