The Big Thing in February | Bristol Light Festival

See the city transformed by colour and light next month

The Bristol Light Festival at the end of February will be an exciting new event in the city’s annual festival calendar. 

Bristol City Centre Business Improvement District (BID) is behind the event, which will feature a series of commissions from local and internationally renowned light artists.

There will be installations, some created exclusively for the festival, at Castle Bridge, Cascade Steps, Queen Square, Park Street and Trinity Steps on College Green, creating a trail through the city centre.

There will also be an additional preview night on Thursday February 27, when the installations can be seen for the first time by Bristol businesses and residents. Read on to find out more about the installations.

Pink Enchantment: An interactive light installation that will bathe Castle Bridge in ethereal pink light and fog, activated by people walking across the bridge. This installation was created by former UWE graduate and current resident at Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio, Tine Bech.

Wave-Field Variation Q: Stroll over to Queen Square to see eight giant seesaws that become illuminated with light and music as they’re played on. Created by Lateral Office and CS Design with soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama.

Overheard in Bristol: Head over to Cascade Steps on St Augustine’s Parade to see a famous Bristolian phrase writ large on a four-foot neon sign – the festival will also be asking for suggestions for next year’s sign, so start thinking now…

Three more art installations are due to be announced ahead of the event, so keep your eyes peeled! 

This is the first of a three-year series by Bristol City Centre BID, in partnership with Bristol City Council and The University of the West of England. The Festival is being delivered, curated and produced by Bristol-based creative directors Katherine Jewkes and Vashti Waite.

February 27–March 1 | 5pm–11pm |

Image: Bristol Light Festival Facebook page


Caitlin Bowring


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