January 24, 2016

Lights On: Lumiere London

Lumiere London Oxford StreetLast week there was a free outdoor light festival on across central London called Lumiere. I popped over to Oxford Street last Saturday, taking advantage of living so close by. I’ve lived in London since April but it still feels strange to me, perhaps because I travel out of London for work, not to need a ‘tourist day out’ to do something touristy any more!

My favourite instillation was the one suspended over Oxford Street. It changed colour gradually, swaying gently and mesmerisingly. The fish/dragon puppets around Regent’s Street were also really fun. We saw a few other exhibits, but, as they were in tight spaces with lots of people moving in and out, it was harder to stop and get drawn in by the artwork.

The festival was produced by Artichoke, and has previously been to Durham and Derry-Londonderry. It was a huge hit in London, and a great way to get out and about in January, so I’m hoping it will come again next winter, or visit other UK cities soon!

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