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Live Performances & Events

Our annual Lightpool Festival wouldn’t be the same without a generous helping of the live entertainment and exciting events that Blackpool is famous for and is guaranteed to blow your imagination – it’s all for free, too!

Prepare to be amazed by a selection of gripping performances – from the carnival magic of Global Grooves, an explosion of dance, music and colour, to the wonderfully weird Sideshows and Curios. Plus, why not stop by and embrace the finale of the annual World Fireworks Championship Blackpool? It’s going to be a blast!

Carnival Magic Lightpool Festival 2023

Carnival Magic

Location: The Blackpool Tower Ballroom - Monday 23 October

An exhilarating menagerie of illuminated Carnival will return to the Tower Ballroom on Monday 23 October for an electrifying static showcase of music, puppetry and dance. Internationally recognised Carnival performers will present a showstopper over 30 minutes, bringing a diverse melting pot of Carnival magic. 

From giant hand-crafted puppets to stunning illuminated dancers, there will be something for all the family.

**Sold Out**

Butterfly Ball with Silent Disco

Location: Winter Gardens - Saturday 28 October


Brand new for Lightpool Festival, The Butterfly Ball takes flight on Saturday 28 October. Join us for a magical mix of music, entertainment and fun and games to entertain all ages. Dress to impress in your colourful butterfly outfit or join one of our craft workshops to make your own custom butterfly accessories.

The Butterfly Ball will also feature a Silent Disco with three different music choices playing continuously throughout the night. Catering for all music tastes young and old, you’re bound to find a track you want to dance to!

**Sold Out**

Sideshows & Curios

Location: The Old Electric - Friday 20 to Sunday 22 October

Embark on a captivating journey at The Old Electric, where you'll be immersed in an innovative and interactive walkabout experience. Uncover the intriguing world of the Victorian era and their endless fascination with peculiarities. Through the power of live storytelling, discover the surprising connections between their curiosities and our modern society. Step into the past and witness the threads that still bind us today. 

The Storm Cone
The Grundy at Lightpool
Grundy Art Gallery, Friday 20 October - Saturday 16 December, 

Gallery opens Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4.45pm

Work by internationally recognised artists, Laura Daly, Shezad Dawood, and RA Walden presented onsite at the Grundy and offsite via Augmented Reality. These neon and new media works explore time, tides and the site of lost bandstands. Shezad Dawood and RA Walden are presented as part of Hybrid Futures. Laura Daly is presented in collaboration with The University of Salford Art Collection. 
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LumiDogs Lightpool Festival 2023

LumiDogs Workshop

Calling all dog owners and their beloved furry friends! Come and get your craft on with us as we host a series of free make & create workshops across charming Blackpool.

Bring your four-legged companion to a dog-friendly and relaxing environment and let our skilled workshop leader guide and assist you in making your pooch's very own Lumi jacket. Unleash your creativity and bond with your dog in a unique and memorable way. 

**Sold Out**

fireworks lightpool festival 2023

World Fireworks Championship Blackpool

Location: Tower Festival Headland – Friday 20 October

Get ready for the grand finale of the World Fireworks Championship in Blackpool! Witness a mesmerising display as the night sky ignites on Saturday 20 October. It's a night of pure awe and wonder you won't want to miss!

Why not stay for the Tower Projections and Light Art Trail after the display? There's plenty to see and do before you call it a night!

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