Throughout the traditional Illuminations season, our LightPool projections transform The Blackpool Tower into a sea of light, colour and sound, as a stunning, digitally-mapped multi-media show is projected on to this iconic building.
There are now five individual projection shows including the three headline shows – Down The Rabbit Hole, Chasing Stars (featuring astronaut Tim Peake) and Enchanted Blackpool.
Down The Rabbit Hole
Down the Rabbit Hole tells the story of an astronaut exploring new worlds. The show explores a fantasy based loosely upon a remarkable mission of determination and ambition. This experience draws the audience into worlds without gravity: beautiful, fantastic and full of uncertainty.
This incredible show was created by Czech-based digital art collective The Macula, an award-winning company formed in 2007. The team have dazzled audiences throughout Europe with their shows, gaining great acclaim in the UK with a 2011 with Luminious Flux to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Liverpool’s Liver Building.
Ross Ashton and Karen Monid of The Projection Studio were commissioned created three of our LightPool projection shows, the newest of which is Chasing Stars, based on the pioneering work of European Space Agency (ESA).
An eight-minute galactic tour, the show has been deisgned to entertain and inspire the next generation of astronauts and engineers.
In collaboration with Dr. Nick Lister of the Lawrence House Astronomy & Space Science Centre, the team visited Rossall School in Fleetwood, asking them to imagine what it would be like to live in space. Their ideas and drawing have been incorporated into the show.
Enchanted Blackpool was created by Cecile Llewelyn-Bowen, the daughter of Illuminations Curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. Cecile is a film-maker and brought designs created by her father to life in this show.
A flurry of cute characters and lavish backdrops delight the show’s main character, a woman who has wandered into this magical world, and she journeys from under the sea and to the opulent Blackpool Tower Ballroom.
The ideal viewing area to watch the shows is the Comedy Carpet – the area of the Promenade in front of The Tower. So why not get out of your car, stroll along the promenade beneath the Illuminations and then enjoy the LightPool experience!
The fun doesn't stop there!
There is further exciting content projected onto The Blackpool Tower.
Entertaining the Nation celebrates Blackpool's entertainment history, incorporating its music (as well as a party verion of George Formby's 'A Little Stick of Blackpool Rock'!) and iconic imagery and which would entertain generations of families.
The Most Amazing Show on Earth, features Blackpool as a world centre of excellence for dance and features Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen as the Master of Ceremonies. The show features performances by local legends, The Funny Girls, along with the Urban Dance Project and Phil Winston’s Theatre Works.
There will also be a thirty second teaser of the new Netflix series Star Trek: Discovery and and a short display to celebrate theBlackpool & Fylde College 125th anniversary!
Watch out too for The Festival at LightPool – a special, free event during October half term that will feature live light-based performances on Blackpool Promenade and throughout the town centre. Read all about it here!