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Blackpool’s award-winning Lightpool Festival is back for October half-term.

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.
The festival programme will be launched in the week commencing October 15 with Light Odyssey, a fully immersive light and sound spectacular featuring the BBC Philharmonic in the iconic Empress Ballroom in the Winter Gardens.
Over the following week, there will be a light-based art trail along the promenade and through the town centre, with live fire and light-related performances from October 25-27. These will include the return of last year’s hugely successful illuminated tram parade as part of a dazzling Carnival of The Lights on 25 October.  On Friday 26 October, LeftCoast will present an epic dance production featuring projections and pyrotechnics with a locally recruited cast of more than 100 people.

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. 

Take a look at our LightPool Festival 2017 Video: