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LightPool Festival is Back for 2018!

Blackpool’s award-winning Lightpool Festival is back for October half-term (25 - 27 October).

The festival will provide a spectacular mix of live performance, light-based art installations, the return of the illuminated tram parade and a special collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic.
The inaugural Lightpool Festival was staged in 2016 and went on to be named as best major event in the Lancashire Tourism Awards. A smaller-scale festival was held in 2017, introducing for the first time a promenade parade of Blackpool’s unique collection of illuminated heritage trams.
Thanks to a grant of £85,000 through Arts Council England’s National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme as the main funder, other key partners include VisitBlackpool, LeftCoast and the BBC Philharmonic.  The 2018 festival will revert to a large-scale festival, with events taking place over two weeks at the end of October.

What's On . . . 


Light Odyssey - October 18, Empress Ballroom in Blackpool Winter Gardens

The BBC Philharmonic, known for its innovative and versatile music-making, performs over 100 concerts a year for broadcast on BBC Radio 3. With an adventurous approach to programming the orchestra's passion for bringing classical music to new audiences has seen collaborations with Clean Bandit, The 1975, Rag'n'Bone Man and Elbow.

They will bring a fully immersive light and sound spectacular in the iconic Empress Ballroom in Blackpool's Winter Gardens.

BBC Philharmonic

Light-Based Art Trail - October 25 - 27, Blackpool Town Centre

During the festival, there'll be a light-based art trail along the Blackpool Promenade and throughout the town centre, with live fire and light-related performances.

Dundu and Spark! at Lightpool Festival 2017

Carnival of the Lights - October 25, Blackpool Promenade

Last year’s hugely successful illuminated tram parade will return as part of a dazzling Carnival of The Lights on 25 October. 

Great Western Train Illuminated Tram
LeftCoast Presents . . . - October 26, Blackpool Promenade and Town Centre

LeftCoast will present an epic dance production featuring projections and pyrotechnics with a locally recruited cast of more than 100 people.

The Kazimier and B&FC Students at Lighptool Festival 2016
Lightpool Projections - August 31 - November 4

The festival programme will be complemented by the Lightpool 3D projection shows, which will be projected each night on to the Blackpool Tower buildings throughout the Illuminations season.

Lightpool Projections

Most of the events will be free to access, although the Light Odyssey show will be ticketed. Further details on all the events will follow in the coming weeks. 

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