LightPool is back for 2016 and is bigger and better than ever before!
The displays are free, and enable visitors to celebrate light with a new level of interaction and diversity.
From the start of September, there will be a series of three stunning 3D shows projected onto the base of Blackpool Tower that bring to you a mixture of fantasy, fact and fiction.
1) “DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE”
This year’s theme is “Down The Rabbit Hole” which is the tale of an astronaut exploring new worlds. The Blackpool Tower building will be brought to life in this brand new show.
The LightPool projection show explores a fantasy based loosely upon his remarkable mission of determination and ambition. This journey will draw the audience into worlds without gravity. It promises to be beautiful, fantastic, full of risk and uncertainty. It will take you above and beyond!
The producers of the show are The Macula, a video mapping company from the Czech Republic. The team have dazzled audiences across Europe with their shows. Furthermore, they gained great acclaim nationally with a show on the Liver Buildings.
2) “ENCHANTED BLACKPOOL”
This is a magical, fairytale journey which looks at the wonderful architecture of the Tower building and brings it to life through a series of amazing characters that have been specially created for the show.
This feature is brought to you by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, his daughter Cecille and the Blackpool Illuminations design team. Our design teams includes Emma Campbell, our very own in-house animator on the project. Emma has been expertly mentored by Dan Shorten of London’s Guildhall School of Music – all of which has only been possible as a result of the Coastal Communities Fund project.
3) “CHASING STARS: OUR ADVENTURES IN SPACE”
We proudly present a science, fact-based show designed with education and entertainment in mind. “Chasing Stars” beautifully and imaginatively illustrates some of our more recent journeys into space. European Space Agency (ESA) 3D model and audio files are creatively utilised to ensure ultimate authenticity.
The show is designed and produced by last year’s fabulous Guinness World Record holding show creators, The Projection Studio. The shows are curated in association with the ESA and renowned astronomer Dr. Nick Lister. This amazing show will also include the talents of local schools engaged in the project, and promises a fact-based outlook.
For 2016 we are giving you another new experience – the LightPool Village.
This LightPool Village will be on the Promenade around the Comedy Carpet. This area will be open both day and night for you to watch the projection shows in a unique atmosphere!
There will be stalls where you can buy some official merchandise and grab a bite to eat. Why not have your photo projected onto the tower and then take home a souvenir photo package?
Visitors will have access to refreshment stalls and some entertainment to create a fun atmosphere before, during and after our LightPool projection shows.
Because we hope to make it a better experience for everyone for generations to come, the Illuminations team reinvest every year. Every penny of profit we make, we put back in so that we can keep bringing you exciting new developments.
THE GRUNDY ART GALLERY
Neon: The Charged Line
This year, the Grundy Art Gallery is delivering a major new exhibition. Synthesising the work of some of the world’s best known artists; the exhibition is a celebration of all things neon for Blackpool Illuminations and LightPool during 2016.
And at the end of October the grand finale will see live performance art take your breath away as part of the LightPool Festival.
This will include a series of free shows and workshops celebrating light and fire from both UK and overseas talent.
Fri 2nd September 2016 - Sun 6th November 2016