The much anticipated Longbridge Light Festival (LLF), which at the time was the first of its kind in Birmingham, attracted close to 6000 visitors when it made its first appearance in 2014.
The festival is part of the Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP), produced by arts organisation WERK and supported by the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen. It also coincides with St. Modwen’s 30th anniversary.
The event takes place in the ever impressive newly regenerated Longbridge Town Centre on Saturday 22nd October, between 6pm and 10pm.
Not only does it have something for everybody to enjoy, it’s accessible to all and 100% free to attend.
With family workshops, outdoor lighting installations, a parade and artworks from local and globally based artists, this years (LLF) promises to surpass the success of the previous.
Mike Murray, development director at St. Modwen, said: “The regeneration of Longbridge –which includes the £100 million Town Centre at its heart – is about putting the area on the map, and internationally recognised events such as the Light Festival do exactly that.”
Claire Farrell, WERK Artistic Director and Festival Curator, said: “The 2016 festival is the finale of the ongoing five year Longbridge Public Art Project (LPAP). We are delighted that we are able produce another festival with the support of Arts Council West Midlands, Birmingham City Council, St. Modwen and Bournville College.
“Longbridge’s past, present and future is the ongoing frame of reference for the project and new work will be created in response to this year’s festival theme Shadow Factory – a poetic nod to the area’s industrial heritage and wartime past as well as a metaphor for the hidden depths of a place, the stories that lie beneath its surface.”
The Longbridge Light festival is a true celebration of what was, what is, and what will be for the people and the area of Longbridge.
Don’t just attend, be a part of the Longbridge Light festival Community Parade.
The parade is called ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter’ (taken from a quote by Martin Luther King) and is being created by artist duo General Public (Elizabeth Rowe and Chris Poolman).
Whether you are an individual, part of a community group or school, you can either hold a flag, placard or be a fire torch bearer (Please note under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult and you will need to be over 18 to be a fire torch bearer.)