Light up your life at the Lumiere London festival this weekend

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For four evenings this January, a host of international artists will illuminate the city of London with jaw-dropping art from around the world. This is your chance to see some iconic architecture transformed with 3D projections, interactive installations and other extraordinary light works.

Explore the dazzling night-time gallery on foot with IH London’s Social Programme, discovering parts of the capital for the first time and seeing familiar sights in a new light. There are easy walking routes between many of the 30 exhibits and plenty of opportunities to stay and linger over a drink or a meal at the many venues and attractions along the way.

The festival will re-imagine London’s urban landscape and architecture in 30 artworks across four main areas: King’s Cross; Mayfair and Grosvenor Square; Piccadilly, Regent Street, Leicester Square and St James’s; and Trafalgar Square and Westminster.

You can visit our social programmes desk for a copy of the festival map: http://ihlondon.com/studying-with-ih-london/social-life/ and follow the events online using hashtag: #LumiereLDN

London Lumiere Lights

Photo credit: Litre of Light, MyShelter Foundation and Mick Stephenson. Lumiere Durham 2013. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

Trafalgar Square

  • Centrepoint. The giant neon letters that used to grace the top of London’s Centrepoint building find a temporary new home at London’s epicentre in Trafalgar Square.
     
  • Plastic Islands, Luzinterruptus (Spain). A series of glowing sculptures in the Trafalgar Square fountains. Made from thousands of recycled plastic bottles, the piece is inspired by and a commentary on the “Eighth-Continent”, the garbage patch of marine litter accumulated in the North Pacific Ocean.

London Lumiere

Photo credit: Neon Dogs, Deepa Mann-Kler. Photo by Chris Hill

London’s West End

  • Elephantastic by Catherine Garret/Top’lá Design (France) A strikingly life-like elephant emerges from a cloud of dust to make his slow and heavy journey through the archway on Air Street between Piccadilly and Regent Street, bringing the sounds of the jungle to central London.
     
  • Luminéoles, Porté Par Le Vent (France) Floating along Piccadilly and lit from within, these graceful dreamlike creatures will dance with the elements, ebbing and flowing with the music and, creating beautiful colourful shapes as they go. 

Lumiere Lights

Photo credit: Aquarium, Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille, Lumiere Durham 2013. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.

Mayfair & Grosvenor Square

  • Aquarium, Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille (France). A defunct red phone box in Mayfair becomes a living aquarium filled with goldfish.
  • Spinning Night in Living Colour, Elaine Buckholz (US). Buckholz reimagines Van Gogh’s painting All Night Café sampled like a spinning record with a shaking video camera and transformed into a series of moving line paintings. With an original sound score by Floor van de Velde and Elaine Buckholtz

Lumiere London runs from 14th -17th January 2016, 6.30-10.30pm and is free to attend.

For more info visit their website: http://www.visitlondon.com/lumiere

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