Illuminate Light Festival
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    Royal William Yard, Plymouth

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"As one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled has shown unto many." (Governor William Bradford of Plimoth Plantation)

Illuminate, the incredible light-based festival, returns to the historic Royal William Yard for four days in 2018. The festival offers an immersive experience, with projections and light installations set out across the Yard, live performances and interactive opportunities.

International artists Xavi Bové and Thomas Voillaume will bring pieces to the festival. Bové’s piece, ‘Visual Songs’, creates a link between songs and their visual representation. Performed live, visitors can conduct virtual brushes to create their own personalised artwork, which they can print and take home with them afterwards. Voillaume will bring ‘Human’, a sculpture of a humanoid form that light and video is projected onto. The light gives the sculpture emotions and reveals its history, blurring the lines between reality and hallucination. 

Also new is the use of water screen technology, as artists experiment with projecting onto the sea as well as land. Other artists creating installations include Mark Parry, Paige Alexander, Jamie Knight, 1000 Errors, Juliet Middleton-Batts, Josh Small and Effervescent.

Illuminate is free to attend and are there plenty of interactive workshops to get involved in, both during and in the lead-up to the festival.

"Light Festivals around the world create wonderfully vibrant and social events for cities and their citizens to enjoy. They are a fantastic display of a city’s creativity and a great, fun, family event that gives people something to look forward to during the dark winter months. We are excited to be able to show off some of the region’s excellent creative talent, something to be really proud of!" (Chris Bennewith, Head of the School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Plymouth)

The festival builds on the core values of Mayflower 400, which include Freedom, Humanity, Imagination and Future. The event is delivered by Made in Plymouth CIC – a collaboration between RIO, Plymouth College of Art, the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Culture – with support from Urban Splash, Plymouth City Council and Visit Plymouth. The University is proud to be an event partner of Illuminate.

Visit the Illuminate Festival website for the latest news.

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