20th - 22nd February
Light Up Poole, the annual festival of digital light art will return to the town in February and reach beyond the streets after dark with a series of talks that are every bit as illuminating as the light art installations to be seen outdoors.
As night falls, artists and communities will celebrate Poole’s diverse landscape with co-produced light and sound installations illuminating the historic old town, urban high street, and waterfront. Inspired by the theme ‘Spectrum’, artists will respond to difference exploring disability, social exclusion, age, faith and more. New for 2020 is a ‘Light Up Family Rave’ and a daytime talks programme at Lighthouse, Poole. We want to encourage the public to explore the arts:science:technology crossover from new angles. Highlights include astronauts from The European Space Agency, BBC’s art and cultural historian Dr Janina Ramirez and the story of Mathmos Lava Lamps: Made in Poole since 1963.
More than 40,000 visitors experienced last year’s incredible displays and for Light Up Poole 2020 organisers are extending the light-up time and expanding the programme with talks, workshops and ticketed events including a family rave.
Funded by Arts Council England and main sponsor Poole BID, with additional contributions from BCP Council and private businesses, Light Up Poole runs from 20 to 22 February showcasing the work of local, emerging and international artists with a series of commissioned digital light art installations and projections as well as creative participation events, educational elements and guest speakers to show Poole in a new light.
The talks are ticketed events held at Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts, on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 February, culminating in the Light Up Family Rave in the Concert Hall when Berlin Underground DJ Kenny Mitchell and urban grooves selectress-mixologist DJ Pixi J blend Brooklyn attitude and London swagger.