World-class light installations will light up the dark wintery nights in January, as Victoria is announced as one of the key destinations for this year’s Lumiere London Festival.
Lumiere London will bring three installations to the area, supported by the Victoria Business Improvement District. ‘The Light of the Spirit’ by artist Patrice Warrener returns to Westminster Abbey to illuminate the West Towers and the Great North Door. Two further installations in the Victoria Street area will be unveiled shortly.
The BID is calling for volunteers to take part in the creation of one of these installations. Stunning light projections featuring members of the public and iconic ‘Victoria’ institutions will light up one of Victoria’s landmark buildings during the festival – the filming for this will take place on Saturday 13 January. The installation will then be finalised by the artist ready for the festival launch the following week.
Returning to the capital for a second year, after attracting 1.3 million visitors in its first year in 2016, Lumiere London runs between 18-21 January 2018. Commissioned by the Mayor of London, and produced by arts charity Artichoke, Lumiere London is the capital’s largest night-time art event and is free to attend. More than 40 UK and international artists will re-imagine London’s iconic architecture and streets, transforming the city into a dazzling nocturnal art exhibition. Victoria & Westminster is one of six destinations across London. See visitlondon.com/lumiere for the latest festival news.
Ruth Duston, Chief Executive of the Victoria Business Improvement District said:
“We are thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Lumiere London, and look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to Victoria during the festival. As the gateway to London for many tourists and a thriving commercial and visitor centre, it is fitting that we are able to host three world-class illuminated artworks, putting the spotlight firmly on Victoria as a cultural hub. To offer people the chance to be part of this special event – actually featuring in one of the installations – will bring extra sparkle to this wonderful London festival.”
Kate Harvey, Senior Producer for Artichoke said:
“Having the Victoria BID involved in this expanded second edition of Lumiere London has given us the opportunity to include some really exciting installations in this area. I encourage all local residents to get involved in the filming of this soon-to-be-revealed artwork and put Victoria’s very special stamp on it. Victoria is a great gateway into the festival and promises to delight and surprise in equal measure.”
People interested in taking part in the filming on Saturday 13 January are asked to contact the Victoria BID to register their interest before Wednesday 10 January.
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